In 2011, Grahame Grieve, an HL7 expert from Australia, set himself to the task of redefining the standard for health interoperability. He asked Lloyd McKenzie from Canada and Ewout Kramer from The Netherlands to join him. “What if we could start from scratch?”, they asked themselves.
This simple question marked the birth of HL7® FHIR®. Until FHIR came around, interoperability was as hard to implement as it is to pronounce. Information exchange in healthcare is nearly impossible for countless reasons, but with FHIR around, technology is no longer one of them. We are honored and grateful to have been part of this revolution in Health IT from the very start.
Today, we are a group of software engineers, support engineers and FHIR consultants, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ewout is on the board of the company as our CTO, which is not as bad as it sounds: 50% of his time is spent on furthering the FHIR standard as a member of the FHIR core team, along with Grahame, Lloyd and others. 50% of his time he spends on developing our FHIR tools. The rest is spent on management.
We offer tools, consultancy, training and events related to FHIR. Our customers are vendors, care providers and SDOs (the national organizations responsible for standards). Simplifier.net is the one and only FHIR registry, a website for managing, sharing and finding FHIR profiles and Implementation Guides. Our desktop application Forge is used for FHIR profiling and is fully integrated with Simplifier.net. We support the Microsoft .NET community through the official .NET FHIR API and the Spark FHIR Server, both open source.
We are the proud host of the yearly FHIR Developer Days, the biggest and foremost FHIR event in the world.
It’s a privilege for us to be able to improve healthcare just by doing what we love most: developing great software.