VIRTUAL – The Standards and Interoperability Lab Asia (SIL-Asia) discussed Health Level Seven International – Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7-FHIR) implementations in South East Asia (SEA) with the health informatics students of the University of Esa Unggul (UEU) in Indonesia last November 8, 2020.
SIL-Asia Technical Director, Philip Christian Zuniga talked about the status of HL7-FHIR initiatives in countries such as Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. As a reference regional health interoperability lab, SIL-Asia explained these implementations in the context of setting-up an in-country interoperability lab, a facility focusing on the interoperability of digital health applications. It is a collaborative space equipped with digital health experts to design, develop, and test health information systems and applications that are standards-based and interoperable. To attain full interoperability among health information systems, SIL-Asia stressed the need to form an interoperability lab in each country.
To learn more about HL7-FHIR initiatives in SEA countries, visit this blog on the ‘Growth of Interoperability Labs in the Asia Pacific Region.’
The concept for the Standards and Interoperability Lab – Asia was first conceived at the Regional Interoperability Workshop organized by AeHIN in Manila last August 2015 at the sidelines of the Global Health Research Forum. The regional lab was designed to serve as a template of labs in each country that will later form into the Community of Interoperability Labs (COIL).