Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced "fire") is an open standard which governments are increasingly adopting. FHIR describes data formats and elements (known as "resources") and an application programming interface (API) for exchanging electronic health records. NHS England is rapidly including this in its contracting. Developers find the standard easy to learn, and learning a standard is easier than learning different companies' proprietary APIs.

PKB is fully committed to migrating to FHIR.

In October 2017, we began providing open FHIR API versions of all our existing proprietary REST API work. All our FHIR APIs will be for reading and writing, and PKB's front-end user interface will use these FHIR APIs to communicate with PKB's back-end database.

The work is scheduled to complete in March for the following FHIR Resources: