An Implementation Guide (IG) is the mechanism that describes how FHIR is used to meet a specific Use Case or cases.
When creating an IG that is intended to be published under the HL7 infrastructure, there are a number of steps to go through as detailed here.
The ones where FMG (FHIR Management Group) approval is required are:
- Create a Project Scope Statement (PSS)
- Create an Implementation Guide Proposal (IG Proposal)
- FHIR IG Quality prior to ballot and publication
- Create a Publication Request
The details of the steps and the templates to use are described in other sections of this site – this page is intended as a high-level overview – and also points out specific issues you may encounter. It’s written from the perspective of the FHIR Management Group (FMG).
For more information on the process flow of an HL7 Project and a FHIR Implementation Guide, see New Project? Start Here. For FHIR Implementation Guides, pay special attention to those processes identified as "FHIR Specific"
For more information, watch the "FHIR Implementation Guide Development: Navigating the HL7 Processes" Webinar.
The following provides a generic timeline for the tasks associated with the development and balloting of a FHIR IG. These timelines should be considered as part of the project planning.