MedMorph: FHIRing Up Automated Data Exchange

Thursday, April 20 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT
South Building, Level 1 | S102

Making Electronic Data More Available for Research and Public Health (MedMorph) provides a common technical infrastructure that can be used for multiple use cases and empowers health data interoperability through the use of the FHIR® R4 and Bulk FHIR® APIs and a focus on the common needs across use cases. With input from diverse technical and subject matter expertise, a MedMorph reference architecture (RA) implementation guide (IG) was developed to provide a robust infrastructure for automated data exchange. Representative use cases (viral hepatitis C surveillance, central cancer registry reporting, healthcare surveys, and research data exchange) were modeled and developed content IGs based on the MedMorph RA. A pilot with the viral hepatitis C surveillance use case provides insights into the real-world application of the RA. Additional pilots (cancer registry reporting and healthcare surveys) and additional use cases within and beyond public health and research (e.g., hospital influenza surveillance, birth reporting, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] FHIR-based quality reporting, Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA] Uniform Data System [UDS]+) have begun or are planned to begin within the next year.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the development of the MedMorph reference architecture as an information superhighway that empowers health data interoperability
  • Discuss initial pilot findings from end-to-end FHIR® implementation using the FHIR® R4 and Bulk FHIR® APIs
  • Examine the opportunities to extend the MedMorph reference to additional use cases, broadening its utility and expanding its capabilities
Chief Digital Officer/Chief Digital Health Officer, Chief Quality Officer and Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Clinical Informaticist


Bill Lober, MD
Professor in Health Informatics and Global Health
University of Washington
Maria Michaels, MBA, PMP
Public Health Advisor
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Nathan Botts, PhD, MSIS
Senior Study Director and health Informatician