HL7 FHIR Implementation Guide - New Zealand Formulary/NZULM IG
1.0.0 - ci-build

HL7 FHIR Implementation Guide - New Zealand Formulary/NZULM IG, published by New Zealand Medicines Formulary LP. This guide is not an authorized publication; it is the continuous build for version 1.0.0 built by the FHIR (HL7® FHIR® Standard) CI Build. This version is based on the current content of https://github.com/HL7NZ/nzf/ and changes regularly. See the Directory of published versions


How do I access the data?

You can request access to the fhir server by emailing fhir @ nzformulary.org

We currently receive the monthly downloads from the NZULM or use data from the NZ Formulary, do we need to change to this API?

The goal is for this FHIR API to eventually become the primary source of distribution for NZF/NZULM data. We understand however that, at least initially, not all data is available by the API and that many vendors have significant investments using some of the older distributions methods. We do ask however that for any new developments you seriously consider using the FHIR API and if there are any issues, or missing data, please let us know.

I have questions about either using the API or about the data, how do I get help?

If you email fhir @ nzformulary.org we will endevour to help you. We want to make this Implementation Guide the primary source of documentation so we will be frequently updating these pages to fill in any documentation gaps we have.

How often is the data updated?

We are aiming to make this as close to real-time as possible, so when a new medication is released then it should be available with the API shortly afterwards.

We don’t want to rely on an external API, can we cache the data?

We certainly understand that every use case is different and local caching maybe a requirement. There is no reason why this can’t be done and your cache updated whenever you need to. For large volume usage this is the recommended approach. We are also investigating the use of FHIR Bulk export as well.

We like the idea of using the FHIR API but it doesn’t have all the data we need. What can we do?

Please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear what we need to add and discuss how best we can go about that.