This topic describes the new and enhanced features in the 2021.1 release of HealthShare® Health Connect. It addresses the new features in 2021.1 that were not present in the 2020.1.0 version.
Enhancing Health Interoperability
Enhancing FHIR® and IHE Profiles
InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect 2021.1 provides significant enhancements for InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect’s FHIR® server framework, which provides a standard, user-friendly mechanism for incorporating and using FHIR profiles, including the ability to load a FHIR package and use it to configure a FHIR server endpoint. InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect supports externally published FHIR profiles as well as custom profiles, with out-of-the-box support for US Core Profiles (US Core Implementation Guide v3.1.0). For more details, see FHIR Profiles and Adaptations.
HealthShare Health Connect 2021.1 introduces support for FHIRPath, a navigation and extraction language for FHIR that is similar to XPath for XML. FHIRPath is used in the FHIR Specification to express schema-level conditions & search parameter paths, etc. InterSystems ?HealthShare Health Connect includes APIs for parsing and evaluating FHIRPath expressions against FHIR data, supporting a subset of the various functions and operations defined in the official FHIRPath Specification.
This release enhances InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect’s FHIR® server framework to provide a standard, user-friendly mechanism for incorporating and using FHIR profiles, including the ability to load a FHIR package and use it to configure a FHIR server endpoint. InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect supports externally published FHIR profiles as well as custom profiles, with out-of-the-box support for US Core Profiles (US Core Implementation Guide v3.1.0). For more details, see FHIR Profiles and Adaptations .
RMD (Remove Metadata and Documents) is a new IHE profile that defines a process for removing metadata from an XDS.b Document Registry and documents from an XDS.b Document Repository that are no longer required to be discoverable within a patient’s care record. InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect now supports Document Registry and Document Repository actors of this IHE profile .
Enhancing FHIR R4 Data Transformations
This release of InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect provides bi-directional data transformations between FHIR R4 and SDA. This includes transformation API methods as well as base Business Process components for performing the data transformation. For details, see SDA-FHIR Transformations .
FHIR Repository and FHIR Interoperability Adapter
Some solutions require a FHIR server that routes requests to an internal repository, but sometimes the requirements are only to receive a FHIR request and forward it to an external FHIR server without ever storing its payload. This release provides two important capabilities that handle these two different requirements:
FHIR Repository — the FHIR Resource Repository is the default storage strategy for a FHIR server, allowing you to install a fully functioning FHIR® server without further development tasks. The FHIR Resource Repository is an add-on component that is available with Health Connect in this release.
FHIR Interoperability Adapter — the FHIR Interoperability Adapter creates a new interoperability REST endpoint that uses special business hosts to process FHIR requests in a production. If your Health Connect license does not include the FHIR Resource Repository, the FHIR Interoperability Adapter provides an easy way to receive FHIR requests in your productions.
Although previous releases could handle FHIR requests, these new capabilities make it easier to do this and reduce the need to develop custom code in productions.
APIs for Client-Side FHIR Operations
New APIs for sending and receiving FHIR request/response messages, allowing your production to perform client-side FHIR operations. For more details, see FHIR Clients.
New Configuration UI for FHIR Server
A new UI page has been added to enable the creation and configuration of a FHIR server directly from the Management Portal. To access the page, navigate to Health > FHIR Configuration > Server Configuration .
Support for IHE RMU Profile
RMU (Restricted Metadata Update) is a new IHE profile that provides a mechanism for modifying Document Sharing metadata both within and across community boundaries in a controlled manner. InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect now supports both Update Initiator and Update Responder actors of this profile .
IHE Connectathon Updates
This release of InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect includes all software updates and testing results from IHE North American Connectathon 2020. This includes integration of various fixes related to official IHE Change Proposals approved prior to January 2020 .