When I decided to start this blog a couple of weeks ago, I felt there was a gap on the internet that needed to be filled.
Wait, what??? A gap? On the internet!? Like, something that has never before been done? By anyone? In the whole wide WWW???
Well yes. While there are plenty of really excellent FHIR blogs out there, there seems to be not a single one in German. Since I absolutely trust my fellow german informatics to be fluent enough in English tech talk to not even notice the supply gap, I did not see so much of a requirement to start a FHIR blog in german language but rather one that tackles the german specific topics that will arise when trying to mold FHIR to fit the national requirements in the land of wurst and waldeinsamkeit. And national requirements we do have a lot. (Just look at all the HL7 Version 2 Z-segments that popped up everywhere to accomodate Bewegungsnummern, Wahlleistungen and our very own Gesundheitskarte.)
At first it seemed logical to start a blog that strives to cover the process of german FHIR nationalisation in german language, but I started to reconsider my decision:
The primary reason for this is that my tiny little blog unexpectedly received a lot of attention from the international community (both Ewout Kramer and Grahame Grieve reported). Second: The insight struck me, that FHIR lives and thrives from it's ever growing community. And while an english blog will hardly exclude anyone from participation, no matter what his or her native language is, a german blog must feel "encrypted" to most international readers. And that is so not in the spirit of FHIR!!
Also: I don't trust Google Translate to do a proper job on my prose.
So I decided to give up my unique selling point of being the only FHIR blog in german language, and instead become yet another FHIR blog.
But I will try to keep my focus on the activities around FHIR that unfold within the german community and give my fellow contrymen a place to read, discuss an share their experiences trying to turn FHIR into a FEIER.