Monthly Archive 12 May 2014

One Day FHIR Seminar at University of Auckland on 4 June 2014

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)

One Day Seminar – 4 June 2014, University of Auckland Tamaki Campus

Many of you will be aware that there is a new interoperability standard emerging from HL7 called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources – or FHIR.   FHIR grew out of a realization by HL7 that while effective, many of the current standards are difficult (and expensive) to implement, particularly when multiple parties are involved. FHIR is unashamedly aimed at the implementer. Based on standard internet technologies rather than health-specific ones yet grounded in all the design work that has gone into current standards, FHIR is generating tremendous interest worldwide – even though it is only 2 years old.

What is of particular interest to New Zealand, is that it fits extremely well with many of the strategies that the National IT Health Board has developed: The use of regional repositories, a Record Locator Service to find information, portals (patient and provider to view/update it) and so forth.   And it has also been designed specifically to support mobile devices – probably the biggest trend in healthcare IT today.

This one day seminar is aimed both at the Decision Maker and the Implementer and is intended to give people the high level information they need about this important new standard which is being implemented worldwide right now and will be hosted by our own Dr. David Hay (who is a co-chair of the HL7 FHIR Management Group) and assisted by local experts:

Alastair Kenworthy – Chief Sector Architect NHITB, Peter Jordan – Solutions Architect, Patients first and Dr Koray Atalag – Researcher, NIHI

The day will cover the following topics and conclude with networking drinks at approx. 4pm:

  • An introduction to FHIR: what is it and why should you care – where is it being used now
  • How does FHIR fit with information modelling
  • What is the relationship between CDA and FHIR
  • Where could FHIR be used in New Zealand, for example:
  • Laboratory information
  • Record Locator
  • NHI lookup

As well as presentations, there will be an opportunity in the afternoon to interact with real FHIR servers so bring your laptop! And this applies to Managers as well as implementers…

Register early to make sure you don’t miss out on this important event.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind Regards,

Dr David Hay

Chair, HL7 New Zealand

Co-Chair, FHIR Management Group


Standard                      $150           (includes complimentary membership of HL7 NZ for 1 year)

HL7NZ Members        $125           (current financial members)

Multi Rate                   $125           (per person for 2 or more non-members from the same organization)

Students                      $25             (scan of student ID badge required)

FREE Special Seminar Hosted by the NIHI on 15 April 2014

Clinical Decision Support: Leveraging Health Information Technology Standards to Improve Outcomes

A FREE Special Seminar Hosted by the National Institute for Health InnovationSchool of Population Health15 April 2014

Presented by: Professor Robert Jenders

Co-Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics & Professor of Medicine,

Charles Drew University, Los Angeles, California USA

Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) USA

Attending Staff Physician, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Dr Robert A. Jenders broadly addresses in his research the domain of clinical decision support (CDS), with a focus on knowledge representation and health information technology (HIT) standards in the context of electronic health record systems. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, he received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Marquette University; completed his MD degree and did his medical residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; earned a master’s degree in computer science at Northeastern University; and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical informatics at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Outside of his home institutions, Dr. Jenders has served since 1998 as co-chair of the clinical decision support work group of Health Level Seven International (HL7), the principal international standards development organization for health information technology.  

In this talk, Dr. Jenders will survey the state of the art and science regarding HIT standards that are applicable to CDS. In this analysis of the standards landscape, he will emphasize those standards concerning knowledge representation and delivery as well as convey the latest developments regarding these standards and related efforts to develop new standards.

For further information please contact Helen Gu