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HL7 FHIR Study Guide

The HL7 FHIR Study Guide will benefit those who want to learn about the HL7® FHIR® standard. It will also be useful in preparing for the HL7 FHIR certification examination conducted by HL7 International ( The guide covers all HL7 FHIR technical interfacing skills that are highly desired for professionals to perform their job in a proficient manner. Though this guide is intended to be version agnostic, i.e. independent from the current version, some questions may relate to FHIR STU3. Readers are encouraged to use the most recent FHIR version (available online) as a resource.

A study guide is only one tool towards understanding the standard and becoming certified. Studying the material from the study guide is not sufficient to pass the exam. In addition, one should participate in face-to-face (virtual or in-person) and/or online training to complement their study. When preparing, test takers should acquaint themselves with HL7 FHIR R4 Specification which is freely available at

How to Use The Guide
The study guide provides an overview of the relevant subject matter and it is assumed that users of the guide will also study the standard documents available at After thorough initial preparatory study, the guide can be used to focus specifically on topics that are relevant for the FHIR certification exam and as an index to supplementary material. The durations listed for each section are estimated durations for a diligent reading and study of the relevant material. The amount of time required to master the material may vary depending upon study habits and prior knowledge of the subject matter. Those preparing for the certification exam are encouraged to complete all chapter-specific knowledge exercises, essay questions and summary tests for best comprehension of the material.

Note: Answers to the guide’s test questions and suggested answers to the exercises appear at the end of the guide.

To purchase the guide for corporate use, please contact HL7's Director of Education, Sadhana Alangar, PhD at