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Diego Kaminker

Diego Kaminker
Diego Kaminker is a co-chair of the HL7 International Council and the past chair of HL7 Argentina and a former member of the HL7 International Board of Directors. He is the founder and coordinator of the popular online HL7 Fundamentals Course. He owns KERN-IT S.R.L. located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Is HL7's FHIR Ready To Revolutionize Interoperability in LATAM? Is LATAM Ready for FHIR? Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2016 12:23:32 PM / by Diego Kaminker posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, Latin America, interoperability

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Why FHIR for LATAM?
Latin America (LATAM) arrived on the scene late in terms of the use of earlier HL7 standards. HL7 Version 2 was created in 1985 but we (LATAM) did not begin using it until after 2000). HL7's Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®) was published in 2000 but we  began using it after 2005. HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) is being created now and we are starting to use it in LATAM. Two implementation guides have been developed in Argentina and Colombia; Chile is working on one. We can discuss the ‘we’ (as in ‘Who in LATAM’?), but the trend cannot be discussed.  Some countries in our region have yet to use any standard—there is NO installed base why get stuck with stuff that’s 10 or 20 years old?

However, work is still in progress. While CDA Release 2 is good for document repositories, when it comes to mobile, what you can/should exchange is more discrete and granular. The choices will come down to how to use FHIR for examples such as:

  • Only display allergies
  • Only display the lab results for a graph. 
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Is HL7's FHIR Ready To Revolutionize Interoperability in LATAM? Is LATAM Ready for FHIR? Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 9:54:40 AM / by Diego Kaminker posted in FHIR, CDA, hl7, hl7 community, Version 2, Latin America, interoperability

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A little history

Studying HL7 history, our standards went from a plain text, replication/messaging-based paradigm in the 1980s to the current, Internet 2.0, resource-based paradigm. We also created document-based standards such as the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®) Release 2 and SOA based standards like Common Terminology Services (CTS).

These 30 years of history gave us a good insight on what we need as standards users and developers.

What do we need as standards users?

People who implement and use standards want open access to standards and implementation guides. They need understandable and short specifications, off-the-shelf tools, reference implementations, friendly representation of information (instances), easy access to vocabularies, automated validation of instances, affordable education, a formal extension mechanism. 

Finally, they need examples, examples, and more examples. They need lots of examples!

What do we need as standards developers?

Standards developers have different needs. They want easy profiling with graphical user interfaces (GUI) and the ability to reuse templates. They also want one-click, automated publishing, validation and QA profiles, validation of instances, global profile registry, and ease of vocabulary binding.


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