In the News: OntarioMD’s Michael Savage Shares his thoughts on FHIR North

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December 03, 2021
In the News: Michael Savage shares his thoughts on FHIR North

Michael Savage from OntarioMD recently shared a blog post after attending and speaking at FHIR North 2021.

On October 13th and 14th Mohawk hosted the 8th annual FHIR North conference. The event was held virtually for the second time, and received a record number attendees.

Michael Savage from OntarioMD’s Technology and Integration team has shared a blog post on his experience. Savage says that thanks to the focus of the events agenda, “sessions can get to a level of depth and authentic back-and-forth between presenters and attendees rarely experienced in other conferences.”

For those interested in reading about how the conference has become “a rallying point” supporting the partnerships which have led to some amazing FHIR developments, the blog post can be found here.

In Conversation with Daniel Bach

October 04, 2021
In Conversation with: Daniel Bach, Smile CDR
Daniel Bach is the Customer Success Account Manager at Smile CDR Inc. He will be attending FHIR North for the first time in 2021.

Far more than being clever wordplay, the ‘Planet of the APIs’ speaks to a greater vision of which FHIR is a part. Indeed, the overarching vision of FHIR has always been the stated goal of health data interoperability and APIs represent a most critical, central component. Enabling faster, interoperable access to patient records by leveraging the use of APIs is gaining greater momentum on a truly global scale. Liberating data from previously locked-in siloes and implementing data exchange both between and within organizations has implications not only for patient health outcomes but for population health, clinical and scientific research as well as unforeseen innovations that are yet to come. Only this time, rather than the post-apocalyptic world encountered by Zaius, the future we are building is one of mutual collaboration, partnership and trust. Perhaps one day in this not too distant future, generations will look back at the early days of FHIR and proclaim: “you finally really did it! You maniacs!”

The momentum FHIR has achieved since its birth in the early 2010s as an incipient standard has since reached a near global scale. While FHIR and the promise of health interoperability has always retained a persistent relevance, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the topic of health interoperability and by extension FHIR to the forefront of issues facing the public today. The COVID-19 pandemic uncovered long standing issues concerning health infrastructure, data exchange, public health disparities – to name but a few. While FHIR is by no means a panacea, its promise and potential are yet to be discovered in full. In answer to the question ‘why FHIR, why now?’ I respond: ‘If not now, when?’

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In the true spirit of FHIR, connect and collaborate with fellow attendees! They’ll turn out in the future to be colleagues, confidantes and friends.