FHIR Factories: An Evolving Digital Architecture to Scale Health Research

Project Overview

Healthcare practitioners and researchers face a rising wave of exponentially increasing data, with limited ability to collect and manually analyze those data for use in care delivery and research.

To overcome these challenges, MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), in collaboration with the Georgetown Medical Center, will develop and evaluate open health information technology (health IT) tools based on the Health Level Seven International® (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) standard. These tools will be developed and tested to support data acquisition, data transformation, and advanced analytics. Additionally, this project will identify needs and gaps for researchers.

This project aims to better understand the current state of open source health IT tools through a rigorous evaluation, including an environmental scan, stakeholder interviews with key participants, and usability evaluations. Using this information, MHRI will identify and prioritize critical needs for future open source health IT tools.

This project addresses the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT fiscal year 2020 special area of interest 2: Cutting Edge Health IT Tools for Scaling Health Research.

Project Dates

This project began in 2020 and will end in 2022.

Project Goals

The goals of this project are to:

  • Conduct a landscape analysis to explore, identify, and describe current open health IT–based tools for research.
  • Identify needs for new health IT tools for research that require development, and address those needs through the project’s FHIR Factory platform.
  • Optimize data factory platforms to address challenges in data acquisition.
  • Transform data into actionable knowledge that is accessible via application programming interfaces (APIs).
  • Disseminate actionable knowledge through Substitutable Medical Applications, Reusable Technologies (SMART) on FHIR applications.

Learn More

Press Release

To find out more about this project and the other 2020 LEAP in Health IT awardees, read the press release.

Please contact onc.request@hhs.gov with questions about this project.

Content last reviewed on September 23, 2020
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