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Digital Health Immunization Repository Specification – FHIR (Release 4)

To enable the vision of a provincial immunization system where individuals, health care providers, and public health all have real-time access to the same immunization information, Ontario is taking a coordinated approach to facilitate easier collection of, and access to, complete, accurate, and timely immunization records.

The goal is to improve health outcomes by making comprehensive immunization information accessible in real time to support health care providers in clinical practice and to engage the public as active partners in managing their health. Key to this approach is the provincial digital health immunization repository (DHIR) – a centralized repository of standardized electronic immunization data which forms the foundation of a broader interoperable ecosystem for immunization data in Ontario. 

The DHIR primarily supports data sharing for public health purposes; Ontario’s 36 public health units access the repository through Panorama. However, the public is also able to access and update their immunization records through a web-based tool called Immunization Connect Ontario/Digital Yellow Card (ICON/DYC).

Scope

DHIR Point of Care System Access FHIR API – also known as DHIR Release 4 – built on the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources ®) standard R4 base specification is designed for provider application use. DHIR Point of Care System Access FHIR API specifies profiles for the following FHIR resources:

  • Patient
  • Immunization
  • ImmunizationRecommendation
  • Practitioner
  • Organization
  • MessageHeader

This specification ensures all information technology systems that retrieve immunization data from, and contribute immunization data to, the DHIR can exchange and understand the content through standardized HL7 messages based on FHIR specification and terminologies.

Status

FHIR is an evolving trial-for-use standard, so additional changes by HL7 are expected. We will continue to monitor developments and assess whether or not there are impacts, and publish updates as they emerge.

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This publication has been exempted from translation under the French Language Services Act as per O. Reg. 671/92. This publication is technical in nature and is available in English only due to its limited targeted audience.

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Status

  • February 19, 2020

    Update provided to Ontario EHR Architecture & Standards Business & Technical Committee

  • June 19, 2019

    Update provided to Ontario EHR Architecture & Standards Business & Technical Committee

  • April 19, 2017

    Approved by Ontario EHR Architecture at the Standards Business & Technical Committee

  • September 15, 2016

    Approved by Ontario EHR Architecture@ Standards Strategic Committee

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