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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:

  1. Create a Project Scope Statement (PSS)
  2. Create an Implementation Guide Proposal (IG Proposal)
  3. FHIR IG Quality prior to ballot and publication
  4. 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).

Process Flow

The following process flow describes the full process from the initiation of a FHIR Implementation Guide (IG) project through its lifecycle.  The process flow and set of checklists are intended to support project teams developing on FHIR Implementation Guides navigate through the HL7 International processes.

For more information, watch the "FHIR Implementation Guide Development: Navigating the HL7 Processes" Webinar.

For more information about each step, click on the relevant hyperlink.




Generic Timeline

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.


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  1. where is the IG Proposal in this process? Isn't it required between PSS and Creating Content?

  2. Yes, it the IG Proposal must be approved by the NIB deadline.  If you go to the NIB page it is there.  I was trying to make this diagram more generic with the details in the subsequent pages.  I need to do some updates to the diagram so will take this into consideration when I do.

    1. well, the IG proposal is critical to the creation of the github repository, so it must happen before one can start creation of content, unless you are creating the content in a private space.

  3. Following on to John's comment, the IG proposal and connectathon participation are two key steps that if included on this diagram would be very helpful.

  4. Melva Peters is there a template for the IG Proposal?  Where can I find it?  Thanks!