DBMI Working Groups


DBMI faculty, students and staff are welcome to join the Columbia HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) Lab, which is designed to create a center of excellence around the use of the HL7 FHIR in our research and service. The mission of the FHIR Lab is to leverage the interoperability opportunities provided by the HL7 FHIR standard to improve patient-centered care, care coordination, and a learning health system. This Lab is intended to be a collaborative community of learning and activism around this transformative technology for healthcare.

FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is an interoperability standard developed by HL7 (Health Level Seven), an international consensus based standards development organization. FHIR is a powerful interoperability tool for informatics. It provides the promise of a modern way of freeing information for innovation by using modern web technologies such that applications can be deployed that are not tied to a specific large health IT vendor, provider, or payer. 
Current use cases in the Columbia HL7 FHIR Lab include communication about breast cancer risk, depression screening and management, dementia functional staging via mobile app, HIV management including self-management, the CONCERN project for real-time detection of patient decompensation in the ICU, embedded EHR Clinical Decision Support to support EMerge, and more.
The lab is composed of Columbia University students, faculty, and staff with a common interest in FHIR, and it has widened its community to include NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell.
The FHIR Lab is led by Virginia Lorenzi, NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) senior technical architect, and Suzanne Bakken, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, who share a similar passion for the potential of standards to create a more interoperable healthcare system.
Collaboration in DBMI’s FHIR Lab takes place one Friday afternoon (2 – 3:30 pm ET) each month over Zoom. The FHIR lab is open to all students, faculty and staff at Columbia, Cornell, and NYP. To receive the Zoom invite or to learn more, please contact the co-chairs at vlorenzi@nyp.org and sbh22@cumc.columbia.edu.
These sessions will be held on the following dates:
Sept. 30
Oct. 21
Nov. 11
Dec. 16
Jan. 13
Feb. 24
Mar. 24
April 14