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FHIR UK Core

FHIR UK Core will enable consistent information flows across borders to improve health and care outcomes for all citizens.

What FHIR UK Core is

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.

FHIR UK Core releases

Scope of work

The scope of work will involve:

  • creation of a common set of FHIR profiles that will work for information exchange
  • agreement of a common approach to creation and maintenance of FHIR UK Core across the four nations
  • establishment of national design patterns
  • maintenance of an approved extension library
  • implementation of supporting governance process

For England, the FHIR UK Core will be submitted to the Data Coordination Board.

Last edited: 20 March 2020 10:10 am