HL7 is an international standards framework that leverages the latest web standards and applies a tight focus on implementation and interoperability in healthcare. The latest international standard developed by HL7 is Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) which are essentially a set of basic building blocks for APIs, documents and structured messages between systems.
As part of INTEROPen, HL7 UK and the FHIR community, NHS Digital helped to deliver a HL7 UK / INTEROPen FHIR approach called ‘Care Connect’ which was England-centric. These profiles were established in May 2017 in STU3 and published in November 2018.
With the adoption of FHIR release 4 there is now an opportunity to create a unified approach to interoperability across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This will enable consistent information flows across borders to improve health and care outcomes for all citizens.