Overview

This Implementation Guide defines draft discovery interoperability standards for Welsh Results and reporting service FHIR data.

These standards are derived from the UK Core which defines an approach to interoperability using FHIR across the four UK nations. This this guide provides addition documentation to support and clarify the usage of FHIR in Wales.

Readers will require at least a basic level of knowledge about HL7 FHIR.

  • The formal specification of the standard is available here.
  • This video provides a useful introduction to FHIR.

Feedback

Feedback and review comments should be submitted via the Simplifier FHIR Standards Wales project webpage as an issue.

  • You will be required to setup a Simplifier account if you have not already.
  • Issues should be logged at the level of the FHIR Simplifier resource.
  • Resources and examples used in the Implementation Guides can be viewed via the introduction and resources tabs of the Simplifier FHIR Standards Wales project
  • Feedback may be raised via the Interoperability STandards Working Group as well where issues raised will be reviewed.

Guide Content

This guide contains two different types of resource references:

  • Contents: A set of logical statements which implementations must conform to. These are almost always conformance resources. These are published in the FHIR Assets section.
  • Examples: Examples that illustrate the intent of the profiles defined in the implementation guide. These can be any kind of resource.

Intended Audience

The table below describes the intended audience for this implementation.

Audience Description
Clinical Someone who is reviewing the implementation guide from a clinical perspective, including clinical safety, clinical pathway and informatics; as a clinical professional involved in initial implementations or further roll-out approaches.
Business Someone who is reviewing the implementation guide from a business process perspective; as a business analyst looking into workflow and the impact on existing business processes.
Architect Someone who is reviewing the implementation guide from an architectural perspective; as a solution architect looking into how this implementation will fit in with existing systems and interfaces.
Information Someone who is reviewing the implementation guide from an information standards perspective; as an information specialist looking into how this implementation will fit with Wales data standards.
FHIR Someone who is reviewing the implementation guide from a standards perspective; as a person with FHIR knowledge involved in reviewing the implementation guide for compliancy with the FHIR standard or alignment with other FHIR implementations.
Developer Someone who is reviewing the implementation guide from a development perspective, the developer who will be coding or involved in the building of the API or system.
Other Someone looking into the contents of the implementation guide for any other reason, for example as part of their education or a research project. This type of audience is implied and not shown in the table below.

Profile Descriptions

Profiles listed and referenced within this Implementation guide are inherited from and documented as part of the Data Standards Wales Implementation Guide.

For guidance on Profile Descriptions and content please see the Profile Descriptions guidance page in the Data Standards Wales Implementation Guide.