Cerner has unveiled a production version of Health Level Seven International’s (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard that is currently being tested in Cerner’s electronic heath record (EHR) platform.
Cerner’s clients will be testing Substitutable Medical Applications and Reusable Technologies (SMART)—an application programming interface on FHIR applications—in Cerner’s Millennium EHR system.
St. Joseph, Mo.-based healthcare system Mosaic Life Care has already begun to test a clinical decision support system that helps clinicians recognize and diagnose visually presenting conditions, VisualDX, in its ambulatory clinics, emergency departments and throughout the hospital, according to a statement from Cerner.
“This next-generation standards framework enables health care organizations to utilize Cerner’s open platform, which is designed to enable third-party innovators to advance care delivery and improve interoperability capabilities with other FHIR-compliant EHR systems,” David McCallie, M.D., senior vice president, medical informatics at Cerner, said. “This integrated approach will provide clinicians access to ‘pluggable apps’ directly within their workflows that are designed to expand and transform the way care is delivered.”
“The development of SMART on FHIR apps within Cerner Millennium is comparable to smartphones replacing pagers,” Brennan Lehman, CIO at Mosaic Life Care, said. “For years, we’ve struggled with complex interfaces, faxing and scanning to piece together the patient story. From the patient’s perspective, care isn’t limited to the four walls of the hospital. FHIR enabled apps seamlessly integrated with Cerner Millennium create the platform to solve the puzzle.”