Set Your Data on FHIR With the Right Database
FHIR Façade or Repository: How to Choose the Best One
First of all, if you're asking if a façade is better than a repository, you're looking at the decision the wrong way. You wouldn't ask a carpenter if a hammer is better than a screwdriver. Or if a finishing nail is better than a galvanized screw. The carpenter couldn't answer you because one isn’t inherently better than the other. While they accomplish similar goals—connecting things—they do so very differently, for specific, strategic purposes.
The same is true about Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7® FHIR®) server models. While they accomplish a similar goal, which is to make healthcare data more accessible, they store and handle the data differently for specific, strategic purposes. So the question isn't if you will adopt FHIR, but how.
Let’s look at the differences between façade and repository models through some sample use cases to understand what strategies should be employed when choosing one over the other. Be sure to take a look at the compatibility table at the end to see which model might best suit your needs.