HL7 FHIR (Fast Health Interoperability Resources)


HL7 FHIR is a topic of great interest to healthcare business, technology, and IT leaders who need to better integrate with their data-rich business partners and leverage the emerging set of FHIR-based health applications (e.g., SMART). We recently sat down with our practice leaders to learn more about this standards framework.


"A system that serves or consumes data via compliant FHIR APIs can participant in the rapidly growing ecosystem of applications, data enrichment services, and health analytics innovations. Beyond interoperability, FHIR provides a widely vetted health data model and API standard that can drastically reduce the cost of developing custom or in-house applications by slashing the analysis and design costs of the project."

"Implementers of healthcare analytics solutions – including real-time alerting and modeling, predictive models, and complex data mining/data science – will have a much larger and broader data set from which to draw conclusions. These analytics solutions will be made portable by their reliance on standard health data, and a much wider audience will come into play."

A combination of business and technical questions will help uncover the potential benefits to their organization. Here are a few questions they might ask:

  • How does interoperability impact our ability to deliver on our strategic goals?
  • Is there value in democratizing our approach to data integration across the enterprise (e.g., to eliminate IT bottlenecks)?
  • What impact could HL7 FHIR have on our ability to deliver data centric initiatives on time and on budget?
  • Would well-described, integrated data improve our ability to understand our customers and deliver improved service?
  • Could adopting HL7 FHIR improve our ability to recruit and retain quality IT talent?

"Organizations that don’t implement FHIR APIs are operating outside the international health community – forcing their partners to develop custom interfaces with little utility beyond their point-to-point interactions."

How Analyst can help

Our industry-leading practice provides domain-specific expertise around integrating existing technologies with FHIR-compliant data.Our team includes active members of HL7 committees and working groups. With dozens of active and accepted FHIR proposals and change requests, these practice leaders are helping HL7 to further refine the FHIR standard. Our skill in the FHIR domain includes deep experience with FHIR modeling (profiling) and data integration. A few recent examples:

  • Development of a FHIR modeling tooling used at major clients and in the standard development process.
  • Development of a FHIR-compliant, big data based data integration hub for a major healthcare provider.
  • Leadership of the integration portion of a major health data project using the FHIR standard.

We offer the following consulting services for payers, providers, and other health data innovators who are adopting the FHIR standard to meet their business and technical goals:

  • Assessment of business value and readiness for FHIR implementation.
  • Data analysis, modeling, mapping, and integration of existing systems with FHIR-compliant systems.
  • Development of FHIR servers and integrations.
  • Implementation of FHIR-based business intelligence and analytics systems.


Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) is a framework created by HL7 (www.hl7.org), the ANSI-accredited standards organization focused on the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information.

FHIR goes beyond previous interchange standards by providing not only the format of a data exchange but also defining a complete API for sending and receiving health data. This RESTful API adopts current web standards and can operate at web scale.

Working within the HL7 FHIR framework provides healthcare providers, payers, and innovators with a modern, web standards-based model for health data interoperability. A model that allows access to applications and value-add tools by a wide variety of organizations.


Chris Grenz

EIM Practice Director

Chris Grenz is the Enterprise Information Management Practice Director at Analysts. In this role, Chris leads his delivery team by developing and training in technical best practices, building high performance delivery teams, and ensuring that clients are delighted with their Analysts team. Chris is Analysts’ voting member of HL7, and he actively participates in a variety of committees as part of their investment in the HL7 FHIR standard and community.

Prior to joining the Analysts team, Chris was a principal in consulting groups at Cognizant, Perficient, and Ciber where he acted as architect, program manager, and in delivery leadership roles. He specializes in Agile EIM/BI delivery using Kanban flow-based management combined with DevOps practices like continuous integration, testing, and delivery in the EIM space. These innovations have led to improved responsiveness to changing client needs, lower TCO for analytics systems, and improved executive satisfaction for his clients.

Chris is a principal-level professional consultant with more than 16 years of BI strategy and implementation experience. He is fluent in business and technical concerns with a concentration in BI strategic alignment and high-performing BI delivery. He has experience with both payer (insurance) and provider-side healthcare clients providing both strategic guidance and delivery leadership.