Key benefits for FHIR adoption:
- Immediacy of point-of-care treatment:Data spread over multiple practices and specialties can be accessed by all physicians providing care to a single patient, creating a more complete picture of all treatment plans and results. A complete EHR record can reduce unnecessary tests such as lab work and imaging and offer full medication history for more accurate prescribing.
- Improved reporting: Patient care levels and outcomes within an organization will benefit from data that assists a practice to better assess its success in patient treatment plans, improves patient engagement strategies, provides better community outreach, improves patient outcomes and reduces the need for more critical care or hospital admissions.
- Consolidation of data to serve all levels of healthcare analytics and regulatory requirements: New and changing requirements, such as population health, will require consolidation of all patients within an organization that share common elements and can be combined with other populations to give national or regional statistics.
- Provides a framework for more scalable data advances: This comes via the use of existing language formats that will not incur the complete cost of replacing existing EHR systems.