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Interview with Grahame Grieve

Some particularly interesting comments about clinical interoperability see HERE

HL7 Australia Events

Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and HL7 Terminology.

If you want to get up to speed with FHIR, mark June 17 in your diary.  Grahame Grieve, the father of FHIR, has generously donated a day to tell the HL7 Australia Community about this world-wide phenomenon that he kicked off a few short years ago in Melbourne. He will be ably assisted by David Hay, Chair of HL7 New Zealand, member of the FHIR International Governance Board and leader of the FHIR implementation efforts in New Zealand.

FHIR represents a fundamental change in Health IT and a huge opportunity for Australia. In order to make this day as accessible as possible, there will be no charge for current members but it will be “no frills”! Generous support by CSIRO (venue) and the speakers has made this possible.

As part of this day, HL7 Australia will be initiating the process to localise FHIR requirements (profiles) for Australia.

At the end of the day there will be a brief update about other HL7 Standards initiatives from attendees at the recent  HL7 International meeting.

Day 2 – June 18 will have two streams – a FHIR Connectathon for developers and implementers with Grahame Grieve as presiding oracle.

In parallel there will be a tutorial on Terminology by Heather Grain, Co-Chair of the HL7 International Vocabulary Working Group, Chair HL7 Terminology Authority, Convenor ISO TC215 WG3 (Terminology). The focus will be on implementation of terminology across the full range of HL7 standards including current tooling and near-future initiatives.

To Register: 

Festive greetings from HL7 New Zealand

Once again it is my pleasure to wish you the compliments of the season on behalf of HL7NZ 


It has certainly been an exciting year for Healthcare interoperability both internationally and within New Zealand. When I wrote last year, I talked about how the new HL7 FHIR standard was showing great promise, and during this year it has matured swiftly. Currently in a ‘DSTU’ stage (Draft Standard for Trial Use), it has already been adopted by many organizations and countries world wide, with the most recent activity being that a number of the larger American PMS vendors are directly funding the development effort (Project Argonaut) – it’s hard to imagine a better show of confidence than that!

Here in New Zealand we have hosted a couple of seminars – the most recent being at the HINZ conference where we were privileged to have Josh Mandel – lead architect for the SMART project – talk to us. This is another ‘leading edge’ standard which is part of the FHIR effort, and keeps New Zealand at the forefront of these important new developments.

Next year we intend to follow on from the Application Showcase at the recent HINZ Workshop, by hosting more practically-focused events including a connectathon. I’d also like to call out an event being sponsored by the University of Auckland – the ‘HealthCare’ hackathon – which will see developers creating real applications to help solve health care issues. More details here

So.. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, trust that you have a Happy New Year, and look forward to an exciting 2015!

Dr David Hay
HL7NZ Chairman

HL7NZ Annual General Meeting 2014

The 2014 AGM was held on Monday 10th November at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland

openEHR and HL7 New Zealand Statement of Collaboration

Added link to the openEHR NZ page according to “openEHR and HL7 New Zealand Statement of Collaboration” signed on the 19 March 2012.

“HL7 New Zealand and the openEHR Foundation recognise the importance of developing Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems which are interoperable in New Zealand. Both parties agree that both organisations provide crucial input and facilities in this area and that close collaboration is required to achieve this goal.”

The link to the full PDF document of the statement can be found here.

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To make HL7 NZ more social, we added links to our Facebook page and Twitter account on Contact page and the side menu bar.

HL7 New Zealand OID Version 1.2

As of 11 March 2014, the New Zealand OID Registry was updated to Version 1.2.
The registry can be viewed and downloaded in the following page: New Zealand OID Registry

These OIDs are issued by HL7 New Zealand as the registration authority for New Zealand for OIDs derived from the HL7 International trunk. The HL7NZ root is 2.16.840.1.113883.2.18 Requests for New Zealand OIDs from this root can be directed to

Merry Christmas from HL7NZ


Once again it is my privilege to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on behalf of HL7 New Zealand.

In some ways it’s been a quiet year in New Zealand, although there has been plenty of activity in the background, both nationally where members of the Board have worked on local standards, and internationally as HL7 International has worked through the issues raised by making its standards free for anyone to use. 

And in addition, there has been a very significant amount of work being done on the latest HL7 standard – FHIR – that has the potential to make healthcare interoperability significantly easier to achieve. This is critical in this modern age where it is well acknowledged that a person’s healthcare information needs to be available to them – and to clinicians – in a wide range of situations and using a range of devices.

Here in New Zealand we are working towards a closer relationship with other organisations in the healthcare IT space – members of the HL7 Board also serve on the HINZ Executive, we have a strategic relationship with openEHR and representatives have also been appointed to HISO. Hopefully we will be able to help accelerate the adoption of standards in the New Year.

Next year we plan on being more active locally. We want to show that standards can facilitate interoperability and innovation, so we are planning a series of practical events that developers – and users – can participate in to showcase this. Our hope is also that we can attract new vendors into the healthcare IT space, and show that the initiatives embodied in the National IT plan will make core clinical information more accessible to those who need it in a manner that preserves the person’s privacy.   More details will follow in the New Year!

So I trust that 2013 has been a good year for all of you…that 2014 will be even better and I wish you all the compliments of the season.

Kind Regards,David HayChair, HL7 New Zealand

AGM 2013

HL7NZ AGM – special meeting held 12 December 2013

IHIC 2013 Presentation “Future Directions: FHIR in New Zealand (a personal opinion)”

In IHIC 2013, Dr David Hay described a number of possible scenarios where FHIR could add value in the New Zealand context. The views are his own, and are not intended to represent the views either of HL7 New Zealand, nor of the IT Health Board.

Ihic preso v2 from David Hay