HL7 Australia FHIRs up for symposium and connectathon

HL7 Australia is holding a two-day educational event in Brisbane next week focusing on Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and HL7 terminology.

It is also holding one of the regular FHIR connectathons, with streams on FHIR's core elements as well as the integration of FHIR with HL7 v2.

The connectathon will be held alongside a tutorial from terminology expert Heather Grain on implementing terminologies such as SNOMED CT, LOINC and ICD in HL7 CDA, FHIR and HL7 v2.

A contingent from New Zealand will be in attendance, led by the chairman of HL7 NZ, Orion Health's David Hay, who will discuss FHIR governance in an introductory session with FHIR creator Grahame Grieve.

There will also be an update on the Argonaut project, an HL7 International-led initiative that was launched in December last year to follow up the recommendations of the US JASON Task Force to accelerate the development and adoption of FHIR.

The Argonaut Project has brought together some of the biggest health IT vendors in the US, including Epic, Cerner, Meditech and McKesson, with healthcare providers such as the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare and Partners HealthCare in Boston. Accenture and Surescripts also joined the project recently.

Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative CEO Micky Tripathi recently told HeatlhData Management magazine that the first phase of the project, covering FHIR application programming interfaces and OAuth-based security, is almost complete.

FHIR has been described as potentially the ”lingua franca” of healthcare data exchange.

The FHIR symposium will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at the Australian e-Health Research Centre at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in Brisbane, with the FHIR connectathon and terminology tutorial held on Thursday, June 18.

Register online here.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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