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Lunch and Learn - Hosted by InterSystems

Solving for Big Data and Analytics with FHIR

AMIA 2023 Informatics Summit
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. PST

Registration is now closed.

The entry point for adoption of HL7 FHIR in provider organizations has been FHIR apps accessing data via a FHIR API for individual patients.   The logical next step is to leverage FHIR for population health, analytics and digital transformation for patient engagement, but the FHIR REST API is not adaptable to these use cases.

We will discuss bulk FHIR capabilities which can be used to collect and analyze data at scale.

The first is Bulk FHIR export: export of large FHIR data sets. This FHIR server capability allows export of FHIR resources for population level cohorts, enabling population health, quality reporting, and clinical research.  A bulk FHIR API is required of EHR systems in 2023. The Bulk FHIR standard enables researchers to create a data warehouse by collecting data from a variety of electronic sources. We will discuss how this feature can be used to download population FHIR data securely and easily.

The second capability we will discuss is FHIR analytics. Analytics, machine learning, and decision support traditionally consume data in a relational format. However, FHIR data exists as a directed graph, so methods are needed to transform FHIR data relationally.    We will discuss a unique capability of InterSystems technology, called the FHIR SQL Builder, which can project FHIR resources into an SQL schema without moving the FHIR data. This FHIR tool allows the user to perform analytics on data in their FHIR repository in real time by creating relational transformations to support a broad range of analytics use cases.

We will demo these capabilities through our cloud deployment at


Patrick Jamieson, MD
Product Manager, IRIS for Health

Russell Leftwich, MD, FAMIA
Senior Clinical Advisor, Interoperability


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