HIC2015: FHIR chief takes out inaugural Jon Hilton award

The brains behind the emerging Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced “fire”) standard, Melbourne-based interoperability consultant and standards expert Grahame Grieve, was named as the winner of the inaugural Jon Hilton Award for Excellence in Primary Care Informatics at the Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2015) in Brisbane last night.

Mr Grieve began working on FHIR in 2012 with the aim of bringing modern internet technologies to existing standards such as HL7 to try to allow interoperability to happen more quickly and more easily. It is currently a draft standard but is increasingly being implemented by major vendors on a global scale.

The new award was named after the late Jon Hilton, a long-time member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) who was a strong advocate for better communications between GPs, allied health practitioners and hospitals.

The winners of the annual Don Walker Awards for the best submitted industry/clinical case studies at HIC were:

  • Access – Amy Dellit, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
  • Effectiveness – Patricia Liebke, UnitingCare Health
  • Efficiency – Lorna Green, Onbase by Hyland

The winner of the Joan Edgecumbe scholarship for continuing professional education was Natalie Page of Macquarie University.

The media award was won by Jenny Brockie of SBS.

HISA also announced the make-up of its new board at the awards night. It is:

  • David Hansen
  • Karen Gibson
  • Martin Seneviratne
  • Phil Robinson
  • Tam Shepherd
  • Jen Bichel-Findlay
  • Trish Williams
  • Leigh Donoghue

The Branko Cesnik Awards for best academic/scientific papers will be announced at the conclusion of HIC 2015.

Posted in Australian eHealth


0 # Vikas David 2015-08-05 15:35
Well done Grahame! congratulations .
0 # Terry Hannan 2015-08-05 17:13
Grahame, this a well-justified award. I have seen your work emerging internationally in outstanding projects and those projects have excelled as a result of your FHIR e.g. OpenMRS
0 # Bernie Crowe 2015-08-06 15:31
Well done Grahame..
Local recognition is important as ìt reinforces international acceptance of good ideas. John Hilton as the father of the IHE Profile related to Chronic Disease would be proud of you.

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