I get to laugh a little bit about all this buzz, because I recognized FHIR was going to be pretty significant quite some time ago (in fact 2+ years ago). And John Moehrke has been involved with the FHIR Management Group since it was initiated. The doers have been at it for a few years already, it's good to see some of these other folk join in ;-)
And now of course, everyone wants to know what FHIR is and has advice on how to move it forward and make it better. If you want to understand FHIR, start first with this primer. Whoops, that's not a primer, that's actually the standard. But it is already a pretty good place to start. If you want to see FHIR in action, what I'd suggest you do is sign up for the HL7 FHIR Connectathon happening in January in San Antonio. If you cannot make it to that event, you still have an opportunity to see what is happening with FHIR in IHE at the IHE Connectathon in Clevland [frankly, I'll prefer the weather in San Antonio, but will be at both events]. If you want to get involved in FHIR, join HL7, and get on the list serves, the Skype chat, the Wiki or just about any other media available. While FHIR presently is being developed by just about all of HL7, soon there will be an HL7 Workgroup devoted solely to FHIR.
- Granular Data
- Integration with OAuth 2.0
- Project Management
The OAuth 2.0 piece is a bit extra, but is part of what needs to happen to support things like a RESTful Blue Button API here in the US. Already there's some work that Josh Mandel did for Blue Button + Pull, and for which IHE started the Internet User Authentication (IUA) profile a couple of years ago.
The big news about FHIR is not so much about Jason or the Argonauts (most all of whom die in the end, except perhaps Heracles), and more about the fact that like the Argo, FHIR has the biggest collection of Interoperability heroes on board. With a crew like this, it should be an amazing ride. Are you in?