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Colorado HIE Adding FHIR-Based API Access

May 4, 2017
by David Raths
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CORHIO also plans to include social determinants data

As HL7’s FHIR standard gains momentum in the interoperability space, health information exchanges are getting in on the action. The statewide HIE in Colorado, CORHIO, announced May 4 that it has developed the architecture to use FHIR to enhance clinical data access and position the HIE for advanced future applications.

The nonprofit CORHIO (Colorado Regional Health Information Organization) announced today the successful launch of a new technology innovation that will make healthcare data even more portable in Colorado.

Speaking at the Prime Health Innovation Summit in Denver, CORHIO CEO Morgan Honea announced that with funding from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the HIE has a proof of concept underway that uses FHIR to provide user-configurable access to retrieve and view the patient data contained in the HIE.

 “Starting next month, CORHIO will add FHIR-based API access to the CORHIO environment,” said Honea, in a press release. “This enables access to one of the largest healthcare data environments in the United States. Our first use case is based on consumer-driven consent, which will begin to bridge the divide between the clinical data ecosystem and the consumer-facing application domain.”

It is CORHIO’s hope that this enhanced FHIR functionality will enable more advanced population health management to support value-based healthcare in Colorado. 

CORHIO, which has more than 10,000 users and 61 hospitals currently connected, also plans to complement the clinical data it shares with new types of patient information, such as social determinants of health (housing, transportation, and financial). 

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