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Azure API for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources)

Presented by: Scott Hanselman |

Michael Hansen joins Scott Hanselman to explain what FHIR is and how to get started with FHIR on Azure. Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a new standard for representing and exchanging healthcare data and was developed by the HL7 community to address problems with interoperability. 

Pieces of healthcare data (such as patients or observations) are represented as resources in FHIR. Resources are healthcare data objects with properties (for example, a patient has a name) and relationships. The FHIR specification also describes how to exchange these objects using a REST API. A FHIR server is a REST API that enables you to search, retrieve, modify, and delete healthcare data objects. 

Microsoft developed a first-party FHIR server, which is available as an open-source project on GitHub and as a managed service, Azure API for FHIR.