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Winter 2022 Update

23 June 2022 Comments Off on Winter 2022 Update By admin

Kia ora koutou,

In our last update, we provided a basic outline of the agreed release plan for the next two major versions of HL7 FHIR. We can now announce that a new revision of the current R4 version (R4B) has been published and is now the current version of the Standard available at http://hl7.org/fhir. A full explanation of R4B and the changes from R4 can be viewed here.

We would be delighted to hear from any of the New Zealand Implementer Community who are planning to use R4B, particularly any of the new or changed Resources. HL7 New Zealand will decide on whether to upgrade the Terminz FHIR Server soon. This presently holds most of the local conformance resources and is gaining use as a Test Service for our Members, something we are looking at progressing with our key partners at the  Digital Health Association and their Digital Interoperability Industry Group.

NZ WORK GROUP NEWS:

The HL7NZ FHIR® Implementation Work Group is continuing work on the second version of the Base NZ FHIR Implementation Guide. The current focus is on NZ profiles on data types, such as Address, and key resources such as Patient; however, we are also continuing to encourage requests for extensions that have a national scope. Weekly meetings are at 12:00 pm on Fridays.  All interested parties are welcome to attend these meetings – further details are available on our Web Site

UPCOMING EVENTS:

After nearly 3 years of virtual events, we are delighted that HiNZ is now planning to hold an in-person Digital Health Week NZ 2022 in Rotorua from 5-8 December. This will include our long-awaited joint workshop with HISO – Escape from Burning Platforms with SNOMED on FHIR

In the meantime, we are planning to re-commence our programme of Webinars in which our members showcase their implementations of HL7 FHIR. If you would like to present one of these sessions, please contact us. Later in the year, we are also hoping to provide another joint FHIR Connectathon with HL7 Australia.

Ngā mihi

Executive Board – HL7 New Zealand

April 2022 Update

7 April 2022 Comments Off on April 2022 Update By admin

Kia ora koutou,

In our last update, we invited feedback on HL7 International’s roadmap for FHIR and are now able to provide a basic outline of the agreed release plan:

  • R5 – estimated publication in Q1 2023 – will be a ‘Trial Use’ version with no new normative content
  • R6 – estimated publication in Q1 2026 – will be a major release with additional normative content

This effectively means that all new and changed content in R5 will be potentially subject to change, however all the existing normative content in R4 remains as such. Our expectation is that New Zealand will continue to use R4 for the foreseeable future, but we will provide help to any members wishing to add new elements, to existing resources, by way of extensions.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
We are pleased to confirm that this year’s first joint HL7 FHIR Connectathon with HL7 Australia will be a virtual event held on April 27-28, with a particular focus on Terminology Services, including integration with the New Zealand National Terminology Server. Further details and registrations are available here.
 
As those of you who attended last week’s Virtual HiNZ Conference will be aware, HiNZ is now planning to hold an in-person Digital Health Week NZ 2022in Rotorua from 5-8 December. We are hoping that this will include our long-awaited joint workshop with HISO – Escape from Burning Platforms with SNOMED on FHIR. Confirmation and the exact timing of the workshop will be available in due course.
 
In the meantime, we are planning to re-commence our programme of Webinars in which our members showcase their implementations of HL7 FHIR. If you would like to present one of these sessions, please contact us.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The Board would like to acknowledge last week’s successful re-branding of one of our key partners NZHIT to the Digital Health Association and we encourage you to visit their excellent new Web Site. Their Digital Health Enablers Special Interest Group also has a new title – the Digital Interoperability Industry Group – and HL7NZ continues to play an active part in this in Group.
 
NZ WORK GROUP NEWS:
The HL7NZ FHIR® Implementation Work Group has commenced work on the second version of the Base NZ FHIR Implementation Guide. The current focus is on NZ profiles on data types, such as Address, and key resources such as Patient; however, we are also continuing to encourage requests for extensions that have a national scope. Fortnightly meetings are at 12:00 pm on Fridays.  All interested parties are welcome to attend these meetings – further details are available on our Web Site.
 
Ngā mihi


Executive Board – HL7 New Zealand

Autumn 2022 Update

10 March 2022 Comments Off on Autumn 2022 Update By admin

Kia ora koutou,

As summertime turns slowly into autumn, in the now virtual world of standards development HL7 International is Soliciting Feedback concerning the roadmap for FHIR R5. In addition to the feedback options cited in the FHIR Product Director’s Post, you are welcome to send your views to us. We are particularly interest in hearing from members who have compelling reasons to move to the R4B and R5 versions when they are available.

NZ WORK GROUP NEWS:

The HL7NZ FHIR® Implementation Work Group has commenced work on the second version of the Base NZ FHIR Implementation Guide. The current focus is on NZ profiles on data types, such as Address, and key resources such as Patient; however, we are also continuing to encourage requests for extensions that have a national scope. Fortnightly meetings are at 12:00 pm on Fridays.  All interested parties are welcome to attend these meetings – further details are available on our Web Site

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Board would also like to acknowledge the re-branding of one of our key partners New Zealand Health IT to the ‘Digital Health Association’ and wish them all the best for the upcoming launch on March 14th. Their Digital Health Enablers Special Interest Group also has a new title – the Digital Interoperability Industry Group – and HL7NZ continues to play an active part in this in Group.

The transitioning of the Health Sector contains apace and last week our friends in the HISO Office moved to the new Interim Health New Zealand organisation. We wish them well in their new ‘home’.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

A joint decision has been made with our HISO partners to wait until in-person events resume before holding our joint workshop Escape from Burning Platforms with SNOMED on FHIR. This is now likely to take place during Digital Health Week NZ in November at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton.

In the meantime, we are planning to re-commence our programme of Webinars in which our members showcase their implementations of HL7 FHIR. If you would like to present one of these sessions, please contact us . We are also planning another joint FHIR Connectathon with HL7 Australia, possibly in late April.

Ngā mihi

Executive Board – HL7 New Zealand

Chairman’s Xmas Message

20 December 2021 Comments Off on Chairman’s Xmas Message By admin

Kia ora koutou,

2021 has proved to be another taxing year for everyone and it’s hard to recall a year when everyone has been looking forward quite so eagerly to the holiday season! However, it’s also been a year of great progress and achievements in digital health with implementers rising to the challenges raised by the ongoing pandemic.
 
In the standards world, we have recently celebrated the 10th year anniversary of HL7® FHIR® and this year has seen another major growth in its use both worldwide and in New Zealand. Certainly the year’s highlight, from an Affiliate viewpoint, has been the support we’ve been able to offer the local community via our New Zealand Base FHIR Implementation Guide and a series of webinars in which our members have demonstrated the use of FHIR in their products and services.
 
Naturally, we have continued to miss meeting our members in person, but virtual communication platforms have enabled us to maintain regular contact and, somewhat ironically, facilitate wider engagement with the worldwide FHIR community – particularly for those not adverse to unsocial hours! I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful level of engagement provided by our partners at HiNZ, NZHIT and The Ministry of Health – barely a week seems to pass without at least one of them providing a ‘must attend’ virtual event.
 
While the course of the pandemic remains uncertain, the year is ending on some optimistic notes, in particularly the funding allocation for Hira, the National Health Information Platform Project. HL7 New Zealand looks forward to supporting this critical ecosystem of data and digital services by adding further FHIR conformance artefacts to our Base Implementation Guide. This work, together with progressing the International Patient Summary, is underpinned by our recently-renewed MOU with HISO
 
On a personal note, the year ended with the closure of Patients First Ltd, my long-term client and a leading implementer and supporter of HL7 standards in national projects. I would like to take this opportunity for thank all involved for their incredible support over the past decade, or so, and wish them well in their new endeavours.
 
Finally, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all our members and other industry partners for their support and engagement in the past year and I hope that you and your families enjoy a well-earned Christmas and New Year break. See you all in 2022 – hopefully, in person!
 
Ngā mihi o te wā,
 
Peter Jordan, Chairman HL7 New Zealand
December 19, 2021

HL7NZ Webinar Series 2021 – Implementing a FHIR® Based Medications Management Solution

9 December 2021 Comments Off on HL7NZ Webinar Series 2021 – Implementing a FHIR® Based Medications Management Solution By admin

Thank you to Greg Garrett, and the Medimap team for presenting, and to the participants that took part our final webinar for 2021 held on Thursday 9 December 2021

You can find the Powerpoint presentation HERE

Don’t forget to send topic suggestions for future webinars to admin@hl7.org.nz 

HL7NZ Webinar Series 2021 – Healthpoint FHIR® API

4 November 2021 Comments Off on HL7NZ Webinar Series 2021 – Healthpoint FHIR® API By admin

To those who attended our webinar on November 11th where John Williams (Director, Healthpoint) and Samantha Burchell (Operations Manager, Healthpoint)  gave  an excellent practical presentation around the development and use of HL7® FHIR® in the Healthpoint Directory Service. This Service is frequently mentioned in the lunchtime updates on COVID-19, as a source of information on vaccination and testing sites and the role that HL7 FHIR® has played in supporting New Zealand’s pandemic response.

For those who could not join us we are pleased to provide the presentation and recording.

Thank you to HL7NZ members John Williams and Samantha Burchell for an extremely interesting insight into the power of FHIR®

HL7 NZ 2021 Annual General Meeting – Thursday 18 November at 3pm

27 October 2021 Comments Off on HL7 NZ 2021 Annual General Meeting – Thursday 18 November at 3pm By admin

The 2021 HL7 New Zealand Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 18thNovember at 3:00pm virtually via ZOOM.  Ten seats on the Executive Board were up for election and these were filled by eight members of the previous board along with new members Gordon Inkson (MedTech) and Daniel Thomson (Ministry of Health). The outgoing Board Members – who both voluntarily stepped down after huge contributions – were Alastair Kenworthy (Ministry of Health) who served for 10 years on the Board and was the key link in our evolving relationship with the Ministry of Health and HISO; and Derek Buchanan who provided thought leadership, notably with regard to HL7 education and certification both in the local and international communities.

The Chairman’s and Treasurer’s Annual Reports, presented to the Meeting, can be found in the minutes.

At the first meeting of the new Board, held directly afterwards, the following officers were unanimously re-elected for two-year terms up to November 2023: Peter Sergent (Vice Chair) and David Moorhouse (Treasurer).  Peter Jordan (Chair) and Linda McKay (Secretary) will continue in their roles until November 2022, having been elected to serve two year terms in November 2020.

HL7NZ Webinar Series 2021 – HL7® FHIR® HPI Profiles

19 October 2021 Comments Off on HL7NZ Webinar Series 2021 – HL7® FHIR® HPI Profiles By admin

Thank you to those who attended the October HL7NZ Webinar Series 2021 where Daniel Thomson and Pat Ryan – both Solution Architects at the NZ Ministry of Health presented their views and practical experience on HL7® FHIR® HPI Profiles and covered their recent work on the HPI FHIR® API implementation.  An opportunity for Q&A was also offered at the conclusion of the presentations which provided some great insight around implementation considerations. 

For those who could not attend, you can find the recording of the presentation here plus PowerPoint presentations from Daniel Thomson and Pat Ryan.

Feel free to send topic suggestions for future webinars to admin@hl7.org.nz

HL7® FHIR® NZ Base Implementation Guide Published

11 October 2021 Comments Off on HL7® FHIR® NZ Base Implementation Guide Published By admin

We have just published the first version of the HL7 FHIR NZ Base Implementation Guide. This is the result of many months of diligent work by our HL7NZ FHIR® Implementation Work Group, with broad sector representation, and passed the required Membership Ballot, held last month, with flying colours. This Guide contains the base FHIR implementation rules for New Zealand (exclusively extensions, identifiers, and terminologies in this version). It is an ‘abstract’ artefact from which all other FHIR Implementation Guides in New Zealand may be derived, and we hope that it will be a valuable resource for the local FHIR community.
 
As it is a ‘living’ artefact, work on the next version will commence later this month, and the Work Group will continue to hold regular, one-hour meetings on Fridays at 12:00pm. All interested parties are welcome to attend these meetings – further details are available on our Web Site.

October 2021 News

11 October 2021 Comments Off on October 2021 News By admin

We are delighted to announce that an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) was signed on 1st October 2021. The MoU exists to recognise the respective roles of both organisations and the ways in which they can work together to use standards for the good of interoperability in the New Zealand health and disability system, and to play our part in the international standards community,
 
Congratulations to HL7 New Zealand Chair Peter Jordan for being re-elected as an Affiliate Director on the HL7 International Board for a further two-year term. Peter has also been elected, as an Affiliate Representative, to the recently formed HL7 International Terminology Services Management Group.