Microsoft finally released Azure API for FHIR in general availability to azure customers, thereby becoming the first cloud with a first-party service to ingest, persist and manage healthcare data in FHIR format.

Azure API for FHIR helps manage and exchange health data in HL7 FHIR format in the cloud. Through this service healthcare providers and payers (including developers, researchers, device makers, or anyone working with health data) can easily connect existing data sources such as electronic health record systems and research databases.

With FHIR becoming the standard of choice for exchanging and managing healthcare information in electronic format, this turnkey platform from Microsoft is capable to spin a new cloud-based FHIR service within minutes and begin securely managing PHI data in Azure. To that extent, FHIR has truly revolutionized healthcare interoperability.

Also, because of normalized data in FHIR format it is now easy to merge and understand differently configured data sets for accelerated machine learning development. And as providers test, develop and research optimal models for their health systems, the normalized data output can be securely and easily exchanged with any application interface that works with FHIR API.

Therefore, some of the benefits that Azure API for FHIR brings to healthcare teams include– pay what you use, optimized latency and performance, and providing on-demand, scalable machine learning tools with built in controls for security and intelligence.

Some key features of the Azure API for FHIR are:

  • Enable and start running an enterprise-grade, managed FHIR service in just a few minutes without considerable development team effort
  • Support for R3 and R4 of the FHIR Standard
  • Track audit logs for access, creation, modification, and reads within each data store
  • Secure compliance in the cloud: ISO 27001:2013 certified, supports HIPAA and GDPR, and built on the HITRUST-certified Azure platform
  • Role Based Access Control (RBAC) – allowing you to manage access to your data at scale
  • Global Availability and Protection of your data with multi-region failover
  • SMART on FHIR functionality

Whether it’s improving operational efficiency or a need for secure data exchange and interoperability platform, the Azure API for FHIR available for all Azure customers is a game changer. This is why Azure on FHIR is now fueling the potential of machine learning and life sciences in healthcare to deliver better health outcomes.

To learn more about Azure API for FHIR, read here.