May 2016 FHIR Release

The FHIR team is pleased to announce that a new stable version has been released, at http://hl7.org/fhir/2016May. This version represents the first stable release of the candidate release #3 for FHIR, and has been released to support the Montreal Connectathon and the CQL on FHIR ballot.

This version includes a number of significant changes and new features:

These are just the highlights – there have been changes to nearly every resource in response to user feedback and new requirements and implementation projects. Note that there’s a few significant breaking changes in this version.

The Montreal Connectathon will be held on May 7 / 8 at the next HL7 WGM. We’re going to have a wide variety of tracks for implementers to participate in, including:

  • Introductory Patient track
  • Clinical Decision Support (CDS Hooks, CQF on FHIR, CDS Enablement Services)
  • Workflow (Lab Orders)
  • Terminology Services, Genomics, Structured Data Capture
  • A special Canadian SMART on FHIR track
  • And yet more…

Some of these are established tracks, while others are new additions. With that much going on, it’s quite likely we’ll run out of space (120 seats), so register early. For full details about the connectathon and the tracks, see the FHIR Wiki.

p.s. This is called the “May 2016 release” even though it’s actually released at the end of March because the connectathon, the ballot, and other feedback from the release will be processed at the May WGM.

Announcing the HL7 FHIR Product Blog

This is the HL7 FHIR Product Blog. It’s used by the FHIR Product Director to make announcements about key events of interest to the FHIR community. These events may include:

  • Balloting and Publishing Plans for the FHIR specification, or for key implementation guides of general interest to the FHIR community
  • Meetings and Connectathons of general interest to the community. Note that HL7 WGM (Working Group Meetings) won’t be announced – you can see their details on the HL7 website
  • Information about the FHIR Foundation and other significant implementation community organizations as it becomes available

The FHIR Product blog will stay focused, and will not carry content related to the details of the ongoing development of the FHIR specification, reference implementations, or implementation communities. If you want information about those things:

 

#FHIR Publishing Plans

At the Orlando meeting, the FHIR Management Group (FMG) made an important decision around the future plans for the FHIR specification.

In March 2015, the FMG decided to publish DSTU2 that covered the base infrastructure, and to plan to release a DSTU 2.1 that left the infrastructure unchanged, and filled out additional details around the Financial and workflow resources, for ballot in the May ballot.

We’ve been following that plan until the meeting in Orlando, but it was evident that we needed to reconsider our plans. There were two reasons why:

  • Resolving the issues around the workflow resources was taking longer than we hoped, and sticking to our plan would mean no connectathon testing of the redesign
  • There was ongoing pressure to make changes to resources that were frozen for DSTU 2.1

After consulting with as many stakeholders as we could, and considering the ramifications of waiting until the September ballot, FMG decided that we will no longer publish a DSTU 2.1 version. We will instead plan to ballot DSTU 3 in September, with a likely publication date late this year.

At this stage, we don’t know all of what is planned for DSTU3. It certainly will include:

  • Significant changes to the financial resources
  • A total redesign of the workflow related resources
  • A set of new resources to support clinical reasoning and decision support

There will be other changes; these will be announced as the process continues.