In the second part of the FHIR interview I had with David McCallie he makes an interesting point about the pain early adopters of FHIR have to go through when a new release of the draft standard is being published. They have to fix things that are broken in the upgrade. However, this has always been a core aspect of the FHIR standard: creating something, throw it at the developer community and see what happens. Fix things when they come up in practice. Don’t try to make a standard that is perfect from the first release and then go to market. It doesn’t work, not in healthcare. It’s just too complex.
Listen to David McCallie, VP at Cerner for medical informatics and an active member of the Health IT standards movement: