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LifeOmic FHIR Service FAQ

Why FHIR as a data-shape?

The Precision Health Cloud (PHC) leverages many data shapes that represent Electronic Health Records for individuals.

  • Clinical time-series data points - examples are diagnoses, blood pressure, heart-rate measurements, blood glucose, medications, scheduled visits, etc...
  • Genomic Variants, Gene expression, Proteomics, Pharmacogenetics - file formats such as VCF, BAM, CSV, TSV
  • Documents, Images, and Audio - file formats such as JPEG, PNG, DICOM, PDF, etc.

The choice of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, (or FHIR), was for the following reasons:

  • Open Source - the modern generation health record standard from HL7
  • RESTful with support for GraphQL - These two aspects provide support for modern client applications on top of the platform.
  • Provides a standard for the exchange of resources
  • Industry supported from major institutions like Epic, Cerner, MirthConnect, Apple Health
  • Terminologies and Ontologies for medical classification codes for data

Last update: April 9, 2020