HL7 FHIR is the latest standard for exchanging healthcare information electronically based on current and emerging industry approaches and informed by HL7s long-term experience in the field of interoperability standards development. The HL7 FHIR STU3 Proficiency Exam allows test takers to demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental concepts of FHIR and their proficiency with the FHIR standard specification.
HL7 FHIR (STU3) Proficiency Exam Tutorial
This tutorial is designed to assist students in their preparation for the HL7 FHIR STU3 Proficiency Exam. Students preparing for the exam are expected to study the HL7 FHIR STU3 Specification as recommended in the FHIR Proficiency Exam Study Guide.
The tutorial will benefit
Anyone preparing for the HL7 FHIR STU3 Proficiency Exam
Implementers seeking a detailed review of the fundamental components in the FHIR specification.
Upon completion of this tutorial, students will be better equipped to take the HL7 FHIR STU3 Proficiency Exam. They will be able to:
Explain the structure of the FHIR specification
Name, explain, and discuss basic principles and central components of the FHIR specification.
Understand the format and coverage of the test
Practice answering test questions.
Identify areas for further study
While there are no mandatory prerequisite classes, students preparing for the test are advised to take introductory FHIR courses such as the FHIR Fundamentals course or introductory courses on the FHIR Track at HL7 Working Group Meetings to provide context for this class and to better prepare for the exam.
HL7 FHIR (STU3) Practice Test
This practice test is designed to better prepare the students to take the HL7 FHIR Proficiency exam. Participants are encouraged to carefully read the HL7 FHIR (STU3) standards that can be found at www. Hl7.org/FHIR. Attending the HL& FHIR (STU3) Proficiency exam tutorial is also recommended.
HL7 FHIR (STU3) Study Guide
This study guide gives information about the Proficiency exam, tips on how to prepare for the exam, the test format and resources.
Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®)
HL7 FHIR® Institute
The HL7 FHIR Institute provides resources and training for the next generation standards framework created by HL7: Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources or FHIR®. The HL7 FHIR Institute focuses on helping the industry understand why this standard is so important, its power to change and improve the current interoperability landscape, and on helping students master its implementation. Training at the FHIR Institute includes both face-to-face and virtual events and is targeted at software developers, implementers and executives. Learn about FHIR straight from the source at FHIR® Institute programs delivered by expert FHIR standard developers.
HL7 FHIR® for Executives
FHIR is the newest interoperability platform from HL7, building on the strengths of Version 2 and the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®), while supporting modern interchange technologies and significantly easing implementation. Topics covered include the following:
What's different about FHIR?
Relationship with Version 2, Version 3 and CDA
Business cases for FHIR adoption
Status and future plans
Risks and mitigations
HL7 FHIR® Architectural Approaches
FHIR is attracting a great deal of attention as the next "great thing" in healthcare interoperability. This course will help participants understand where and how FHIR might fit into their healthcare interoperability environment and give them the tools they need to make judgments about when or if FHIR might be an appropriate solution for their healthcare IT needs.
This tutorial will include an examination of the REST, document, messaging and services interoperability paradigms. The presentation will also cover other aspects of FHIR that may influence system architecture and design.
FHIR Implementation Workshop
This workshop includes a mixture of interactive presentations and hands-on exercises that will bring implementers and decision makers up to speed on the rapidly evolving standard. Participants will walk away from this workshop ready to use the standard in their own workplace environments.
HL7 FHIR Fundamentals Course
The HL7 FHIR® Fundamentals course is a four-week online workshop that provides an in-depth overview of HL7's newest standard Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Featuring live, hands-on exercises on how to implement HL7 FHIR, this is ideal opportunity to apply newly gained knowledge.
At the end of the course, participants should:
Read the FHIR specification and know how it is organized
Understand the concept of resource and the different interoperability paradigms supported by FHIR
Comprehend the use of controlled vocabularies, master files, and entity registries in FHIR
Read and write FHIR resources
Understand FHIR profiles and constraints, and the use of extensions
Understand the use of REST in FHIR, FHIR documents, transactions and messaging
Instructors are HL7 subject matter experts and working professionals who help you step-by-step
All course material available electronically
Discussion forums promote student engagement and interaction
Self-evaluation quizzes help test for comprehension
Tutors provide evaluation and feedback on each module
No previous experience with FHIR or other HL7 standards is needed
Familiarity with XML or JSON and some background in software development is recommended (exercises will be easier if participants have an XML or JSON editing environment)
HL7's Version 2 Introductory Tutorial
This tutorial introduces students to HL7 and the basic concepts of Version 2. It provides an overview of the HL7 organization and discusses the standard's fundamental chapters: Control and Patient Administration. The second part of this tutorial provides students with an overview of the Version 2 Orders and Observations messages, major concepts, and a sampling of the type of information that can be communicated using these messages.
Version 2.8 Control Specialist Certification Review
This course reviews the message definition as well as processing rules and data type definitions of the HL7 Version 2.8 Standard. Upon completion of this tutorial, students will be better prepared to take the HL7 V2.8 Control Specialist Certification Exam. Note that students are also expected to prepare for the exam by previous study of Chapter 2 (Control) and Chapter 2A (Data Types) of the HL7 Version 2.8 Standard. Attending the HL7 Version 2 Introductory Tutorial is also recommended.
Introduction to Version 3, Part 1: Fundamentals
Introduction to Version 3 is a rigorous introduction to HL7's newly emerging standard. Included in the class is:
General rationale for Version 3
Explanation of Version 3's two key concepts: messaging and documents (CDA®)
Overview of the Version 3 publication (ballot and standard)
Essential concepts and terminology necessary to understand the static models of Version 3 used for both messages and documents.
Introduction to Version 3, Part 2: Messaging
Health Level Seven is famous as a provider of messaging standards. That is, providing the standard format and interaction specifications required for two disparate health care systems to communicate at the application level. This class builds on the morning Versions 3 introduction class by focusing on how messaging is addressed with the Version 3 standard. It reviews and expands on how Version 3 static models are used to represent messages. The Version 3 dynamic model, which is related to the interactions between systems, is introduced. It explains how message sets are documented within the standard. Finally, it explores how a simple message is wrapped, transmitted, and acknowledged.
The Clinical Document Architecture is HL7's specification for standards-based exchange of clinical documents. CDA® is based on the concept of scalable, incremental interoperability and uses Extensible Markup Language (XML), the HL7 Reference Information Model (RIM), and controlled terminology for structure and semantics. This tutorial presents the business case for CDA®, its primary design principles, and an overview of the technical specification. The session describes CDA® projects in the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific; the tools available for CDA® creation, management and distribution; and current work on CDA® summary documents, (Continuity of Care Document (CCD®)); other common document types including the History & Physical, Discharge Summary and Consult Note; and CDA® for Reporting, including the proposed CDA-based Healthcare Associated Infection Report for the National Health Safety Network.
CDA® implementation requires understanding the CDA® refinement of the RIM (the CDA® RMIM), the Version 3 data types and how these combine with controlled vocabularies to form “clinical statements.” This tutorial reviews the principles of semantic interoperability with CDA® and how these are reflected in the CDA® model and implemented in the CDA® schema. It reviews the CDA® RMIM, schema and data types. In addition, the tutorial gives a detailed walkthrough of samples of CDA® documents, coded using Clinical Statements.
CDA® Certification Test Preparation
This course is designed to better prepare students for taking the CDA® Certification Exam. Participants are encouraged to carefully read the CDA® Release 2.0 Standard as well possessing basic knowledge of Version 3. Attending the CDA® Introductory and Advanced tutorials is also recommended.