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CData Connect Server

Build FHIR-Connected Dashboards in Redash

Use CData Connect Server to create a virtual SQL Server Database for FHIR data and build visualizations and dashbaords from FHIR data in Redash.

Redash lets you connect and query your data sources, build dashboards to visualize data and share them with your company. When paired with CData Connect Server, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to FHIR data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for FHIR and build visualizations from FHIR data in Redash.

CData Connect Server provides a pure SQL Server interface for FHIR, allowing you to easily build reports from live FHIR data in Redash — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you build visualizations, Redash generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Server pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to FHIR, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested FHIR data.

Create a Virtual SQL Server Database for FHIR Data

CData Connect Server uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect Server and click Connections.
  2. Select "FHIR" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to FHIR.

    Set URL to the Service Base URL of the FHIR server. This is the address where the resources are defined in the FHIR server you would like to connect to. Set ConnectionType to a supported connection type. Set ContentType to the format of your documents. Set AuthScheme based on the authentication requirements for your FHIR server.

    Generic, Azure-based, AWS-based, and Google-based FHIR server implementations are supported.

    Sample Service Base URLs

    • Generic: http://my_fhir_server/r4b/
    • Azure:
    • AWS:
    • Google:

    Generic FHIR Instances

    The product supports connections to custom instances of FHIR. Authentication to custom FHIR servers is handled via OAuth (read more about OAuth in the Help documentation. Before you can connect to custom FHIR instances, you must set ConnectionType to Generic.

  4. Click Save Changes
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to FHIR data from Redash.

Visualize FHIR Data in Redash

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Redash based on the virtual FHIR database in Connect Server and building a simple visualization from the data.

Create a New Data Source

  1. Log into Redash, click on your profile and click "Data Sources"
  2. Click the " New Data Source" button
  3. Select "Microsoft SQL Server" as the Data Source Type
  4. On the configuration tab, set the following properties:
    • Name: Name the data source (e.g. FHIR (CData Connect))
    • Host: The full URL to your CData Connect instance (e.g. https://connect_server_url)
    • Port: The port of the CData Connect SQL Server endpoint (e.g. 1433)
    • User: A CData Connect user
    • Password: The password for the above user
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database for FHIR (e.g. FHIR1)
    • Click the checkbox to Use SSQL
  5. Click Create
  6. Click the "Test Connection" button to ensure you have configured the connection properly

With the new Data Source created, we are ready to visualize our FHIR data.

Create a FHIR Data Visualization

  1. Click Create -> New Query
  2. Select the newly created Data Source (you can explore the data structure in the New Query wizard)
  3. Write a SQL statement to retrieve the data, for example:
    SELECT Id, [name-use] FROM Patient WHERE [address-city] = 'New York'
  4. Click the "Execute" button to load FHIR data into Redash via CData Connect
  5. Use the Visualization Editor to create and analyze graphs from FHIR data
  6. You can schedule the query to refresh and update the visualization periodically

SQL Access to FHIR Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to FHIR data from Redash. You can create new visualizations, build dashboards, and more. For more information on gaining SQL access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Redash, refer to our Connect Server page.