Sarita Ram

Portal Visualization Update

October 28, 2021

It’s easier than ever to track, view, and visualize records with Particle’s developer portal!

We’re excited to unveil two new features that present more information within Particle’s developer portal!

Now you can:

  1. visualize components of individual FHIR resources and
  2. check the number and success rate of your queries,

all from our robust developer portal.

These make our portal simpler to use in real world situations, and easier for new users to understand. Here’s a quick preview of what’s new:


1 - FHIR Viewer Now Has Visualizations 🎨

Our FHIR Record Viewer has evolved. Say hello to VISUALIZATIONS!

Yes, FHIR Viewer now defaults to an EHR-like presentation. We think these visuals are looking mighty fine.

Main FHIR Viewer dashboard


But put your magnifying glass away! Let’s zoom in.

  • Timelines clearly show patient encounters, and indicate whether the encounters took place in an outpatient or inpatient setting.
Patient encounters EHR timeline
  • Charts like heart rate readings turn data points into an actual decision-making aid.
Heart rate reading observations line graph


  • Pie graphs like the Encounters by Condition view provide a holistic overview of a patient’s experiences across the healthcare system.
Encounters by condition pie chart
  • Table View lets you read patient data. An accompanying Raw Data View helpfully mirrors your Table View selection, letting you read the underlying FHIR code.
FHIR table view transforming into raw view gif


How’s that for a start? Jump into our portal to check out other new visualizations, like height, weight, and respiratory data.

FHIR is new for many of us. Seeing these FHIR resources in action can help you share knowledge with your team, or decide how to use visualizations in your own implementation.

How to Use FHIR Viewer Visualizations:

Visualizations of FHIR resources work whether you’re in Test Mode or (coming very soon) Live Mode. 

Simply make a FHIR query via the API Console and select “View in FHIR Viewer” upon completion. Or, navigate directly to the FHIR Viewer.

You can still navigate to the Table View, which lists data in columns as it did before. A new tab for Raw View shows the underlying code of selected Table View resources.

2 - Query Metrics Dashboard 📈

Starting today, you can access query volume information directly from the Metrics Dashboard on your portal homepage. 

Particle API query metrics dashboard

This will help you keep track of the total number of queries you’ve made, and their success rate. Query data is vital for troubleshooting, billing and load balancing purposes.

Calls are broken down by API type (C-CDA and FHIR), in both Test and Live Environments. There’s a ton of information here!

Seeing how your queries perform might just change how you use Particle’s API. Previously, users had to contact Particle to determine their query volume, or had to build a counting system within their own implementation. We’re happy to put that power into your hands.

Note that all users within your organization — regardless of their role — will be able to see the metrics for your entire organization at this time.

Shoutout to Particle's Front End Team!

Our FHIR visualizations serve a testing purpose, and they also look flat-out cool. Other dashboards give you a better look at how you’re using Particle’s platform. 

We’ve got more changes in store. Putting FHIR data into context helps clear the way for even bigger updates on Particle’s portal. It’s turning our platform into a destination for product managers and clinical staff, as well as developers.

As always, Particle is eager to hear what you think about our tools. Got any additional visualization needs? Once you’ve tried our updates, send us an email!