Exchanging Patient Identification Management Within a Community

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HL7 FHIR and the Patient/$match operation

Since STU3, HL7 FHIR has included the Patient/$match operation which allows for patient matching using MPI-based logic. When such a FHIR operation is performed within a community, this is comparable in functionality to the IHE standards already referenced. This is being actively explored in multiple stakeholder groups (e.g FAST). For this reason, we recommend that HL7 FHIR be included as an implementation specification in this sub-section with the $match operation called out specifically in the limitations, dependencies, & preconditions area. The match operation replaced a similar MPI query available in DSTU2.      Julie Maas, CEO, EMR Direct