The provincial provider registry Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) specification is a next generation standards framework for exchanging health care information electronically. It leverages the latest web technology and can be used in a wide variety of contexts, including mobile devices, cloud communications, EHR-based data sharing, and server communications in large institutional health care providers.
This specification enables users to query Ontario’s provincial provider registry, which means health care organizations can find all matching records for a provider organization or clinician.
The provincial provider registry contains authoritative information about regulated health professionals and organizations in Ontario that fall within the definition of health information custodian or are operators of a HIC pursuant to the Personal Health Information Protection Act. The registry is fed by regulatory colleges and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s corporate provider database and is managed by eHealth Ontario.
Learn about the other standard that works with the PPR – the pan-Canadian PPR using HL7 version 3.
FHIR is an evolving trial-for-use standard, so additional changes to it by HL7 are expected. We will continue to monitor developments and assess whether or not there are impacts, and publish updates as they evolve.