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FHIR Server implementation powered by


Using Docker

docker run --name=fhirbase -d fhirbase/fhirbase
docker inspect fhirbase
# find ip address
docker run --name=fhirplace -e 'FHIRPLACE_DBHOST=<fhirbase-ip>:5432' -t fhirbase/fhirplace
docker inspect fhirplace
# find fhirplace ip address
curl <fhirplace-ip>/metadata


FHIRplace and FHIRbase both are using a lot of third-party software
like PostgreSQL, Java, Node.js, etc. Installing it by hand is a
complex task which can take several working days to accomplish.

Fortunately, another approach is available nowadays. Instead of
installing all required software manually, one can use virtualization
technologies to run a "virtual machine" with already pre-configured
operating system.

To quickly get FHIRplace up and running we advice you to follow
virtualization path. If you're willing to install FHIRplace to your
local machine or server, please follow full
Installation Manual.

Running FHIRplace Virtual Machine

Mac OS X and Windows

If you're running Windows or Mac OS X, you have to install
VirtualBox virtualization
software. Installation process is quite straightforward, so we won't
describe it here. If problems arise, refer to
Official Installation Manual.


If you're running some flavor of Linux, make sure you have Docker installed:

$ docker --version # or --version

If docker binary is not present, install it using your
distributive package manager, e.g. sudo apt-get install

Installing Vagrant

Vagrant is a simple and powerful
command-line utility to manage virtual machines primary intended for
developers use. Navigate to
downloads page to get an
installer suitable for your OS. After installation is finished, run
Terminal application (on Mac OS X) or Command Prompt (on Windows) to
test if installation was successful. Type the following command:

vagrant --version

If you see an output like

Vagrant 1.6.5

you have successfully installed Vagrant.

Getting FHIRplace source code

You have to get FHIRplace source code to run FHIRplace. If you have
Git SCM installed, clone FHIRplace repository
from GitHub. Alternatively, you can download
ZIP archive
and unpack it somewhere in your file system.

Starting VMs

Open Terminal (or Command Prompt) and navigate to directory where
FHIRplace source code is located, e.g.:

cd ~/work/fhirplace

Then start FHIRplace VMs with command:

vagrant up fhirbase --provider=docker && vagrant up fhirplace --provider=docker

Initial VMs startup can take a lot of time because Vagrant have to
download several OS images (about 1.5 Gb total) and unpack them. Next
startups will be much faster (almost instant).

If Vagrant won't report any errors, direct your browser to
http://localhost:3000/ and you'll see FHIRplace welcome page.

Stopping VMs

When you finish your work with FHIRplace, you may decide to stop running
VMs to free system resources that they have allocated. This can be done
with the following command:

vagrant halt fhirbase fhirplace

Accessing FHIRbase with pgAdmin

You can access FHIRbase directly using any PostgreSQL client like
command-line psql utility or graphical
pgAdmin. This section describes connection
to FHIRbase with pgAdmin, actions in other clients are similar.

Run pgAdmin and click <kbd>File -> Add server...</kbd> menu. Enter
the following connection parameters in the dialog window:

Parameter Value
Host localhost
Port 5433
User fhirbase
Password fhirbase

Click "OK" and you will see new server appeared in the left sidebar.

Double-click newly created server to connect to it. Then expand
"Databases" subtree and double-click "fhirbase" database.

Now you're connected to fhirbase database and ready to perform SQL
queries. Let's try to create new Organization resource.

Click <kbd>Tools -> Query tool</kbd> menu and SQL editor window will appear.

Copy-paste following SQL query:

SELECT fhir_create(
  '{"resourceType":"Organization","text":{"status":"generated","div":"<div>\n      <p>XYZ Insurance</p>\n    </div>"},"identifier":[{"system":"urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.","value":"666666"}],"name":"XYZ Insurance"}'::jsonb,

Press <kbd>F5</kbd> or click <kbd>Query -> Execute</kbd> menu to run
query. You should see result in "Output" pane:

That means query was executed successfuly. Now let's try to find newly
created Organization with FHIR search functionality. Copy-paste
following query in editor window and execute it:

SELECT * FROM search(

In "Output" pane you'll see Organization resource we inserted in previous step.

Summarizing up, we connected to FHIRbase using pgAdmin and performed
some queries to test if it's actually works. Please, refer to
FHIRbase and
PostgreSQL Documentation for
further reading.


All premium services from developers of FHIRbase projects
should be requested from Choice Hospital Systems (


Copyright © 2014 Health Samurai Team.

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License either version 1.0 or (at
your option) any later version.

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