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One-day Workshop on Application of New HL7 Capabilities
Thursday, 4th July 2013, Victoria University Convention Centre – Flinders Street, Melbourne

HL7 continues to advance on many fronts – v2.8 messages are just around the corner, and we now hear much about FHIR and “Consolidated CDA”.

This workshop will explore recent developments in HL7 and other standards and how to leverage these new capabilities in practical implementations to address both existing and emerging needs, particularly for communication of clinical information.

The workshop provides an opportunity to find out more and to discuss the following: 

  • The continuing evolution of FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), the next HL7 international interoperability standard.  Opportunities to participate in the first Australian FHIR connectathon in October will also be presented. 
  • Capabilities of HL7v2.x messaging beyond HL7 v2.4 – including features of v2.5 through v2.9, how to access them? What should be done about implementation? and what does this mean for the Australian standards? 
  • Current issues in the communication of clinical information, including using both HL7 and the new services-oriented approaches, emerging needs in pathology and developments in care planning. 
  • An update on developments and opportunities in the world of “consolidated CDA” (widely used in the USA – particularly for standardized clinical content). 

More detailed information is available on the HL7 Australia website at: or by contacting Joanne Yearsley by email: or mobile: 0418 414 833.

Heard enough already?  You can register directly online at

The member discounted registration of $270+GST per person is available to any current 2013-14 member.

HINZ Conference and Exhibition 7-9 November 2012, Rotorua

Thanks to all those who supported the 2012 HINZ Conference and Exhibition – “Health Informatics into Clinical Practice”, 7-9 November at the Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, New Zealand. Health information and clinical care go hand in hand, and this year we’re looking at the partnership in new ways, showing how mission critical health informatics is in every day clinical care. Hear and participate in innovations and stories from those who are in clinical practice in New Zealand.  Presentations, videos and photos can be found at

HL7NZ Annual General Meeting

HL7NZ Annual General Meeting 2012 Wednesday 7th November, Energy Events Centre, Rotorua (4pm)(see Minutes and Reports as attachments below)

Past events HL7 New Zealand has held or sponsored

  • Service Oriented Architecture in Healthcare Seminar, 11 April 2011, Auckland
  • HL7 WGM, January 2011 Sydney
  • HL7 New Zealand Seminar:  The Fundamentals and Implementation of CDA – presented by: Grahame Grieve.  A unique opportunity to take part in a hands on training seminar led by a leading international expert.  Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 August 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland..EVENT NOW SOLD OUT ..[more information].
  • 9th Annual HINZ Conference and Exhibition, 2-4 November 2010, Wellington Town Hall  –
  • HL7 International Standards and Education Meeting, 9-14 January 2011, Sydney  –
  • HL7 NZ members can register for the HL7 Australia CDA Education Forum ( ) at the HL7 Australia members-only rate
  • HL7 New Zealand Annual General Meeting – 3rd November 2010, Wellington Town Hall see attachments for agenda and proxy forms   

August 2012: Clinical Document Architecture hits New Zealand

In August, we will be hosting a seminar on CDA.
The CDA standard is rapidly becoming one of the most important single standards in healthcare. This seminar will be an extension to the highly successful seminar last year by Grahame Grieve, and will be presented by local speakers and focusing on the local CDA standards that are being developed such as GP2GP, ePrescribing and Transfer of Care.

More details to follow

21-22 June 2012: Healthcare Interoperability Pioneer Ed Hammond & openEHR

In conjunction with HINZ we will be hosting a seminar on Electronic Health Records and openEHR and we are proud to announce that we have secured Ed Hammond as the keynote speaker for this event. Ed was one of the initial founders of HL7 and remains one of the most important voices in healthcare standards and interoperability. His keynote is bound to be very illuminating!

 The openEHR section of the event will introduce Archetypes a core component of the National Interoperability Reference Architecture, and an increasingly accepted way of representing health information.   We are grateful to Ocean Informatics for providing one of the leading experts in this field Hugh Leslie – to speak to us. In this session Hugh will walk us through the essentials of modelling, and then jump right into practical examples from Australia and other national programs.   Attending these sessions will be very worthwhile as Hugh will demonstrate how to transform Archetypes into HL7 clinical documents (CDAs)

The 21 June seminar is run in conjuction with HINZ and The University of Auckland and will be held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland.  The Cost for HINZ and HL7NZ (financial) members is $150 and non members $250 (includes one year membership to both HINZ and HL7NZ).  You can register for this event here 

The 22 June tutorial on openEHR is run by HL7NZ and will be held at the University of Auckland Tamaki Campus in Glen Innes.  The cost is $150 for HINZ and HL7NZ (financial) members and non members $250 (includes on year membership to both HINZ and HL7NZ).  This one day tutorial will be presented by two internationally acknowledged openEHR experts – Drs. Hugh and Heather Leslie from Ocean Informatics Pty Ltd.  The tutorial will cover the full continuum of the methodologies described in the New Zealand Reference Architecture for Interoperability – from clinical requirements through modelling to the creation of compliant CDAs automatically.  Attendance at this day will suit anyone who has an interest in Clinical Data Modelling, and how the models created can be used to produce real messages that promote semantic interoperability between Clinical Information Systems. 

Australian CDA and v2 education function

There is a seminar series in Melbourne on wednesday 20 July. Follow this link for details. Note that H:7 New Zealand members will receive the ‘members-only’ rate.

Following this seminar, there is a further seminar that discusses aspects of the PC-EHR implementation. Further details at

SOA Seminar, 11 April 2011 Auckland – note presentation attachment at the base of this page

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SOA – Service Oriented Architecture in Health Care 

11 April 2011, Crowne Plaza, Auckland

Presenter: Ken Rubin, Chief Architect, [US] Federal Healthcare Portfolio, HP Enterprise Services

Co-Chair, OMG Healthcare Domain Task Force; HL7 SOA Workgroup 

HL7 New Zealand, with support and sponsorship from the IT Health Board and Health Informatics New Zealand, are proud to announce that it will be hosting a 1 day seminar on Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) in healthcare in Auckland on Monday 11th April.  The seminar is intended to be an interactive workshop type environment, and is targeted at CIOs, Architects, Analysts and Developers working in the health care space. No prior knowledge of SOA is assumed, but reading material will be supplied to attendees upon registration, and maximum benefit will be gained if these are reviewed prior to the seminar.

The seminar, was presented by Ken Rubin – Chief Architect of the Federal Healthcare Portfolio for HP Enterprise Services in the US.  Primarily focused on enterprise architecture, and electronic health record interoperability, and health informatics, Mr. Rubin has over twenty years of industry experience and ten years of health informatics experience.  He spent seven years leading application architecture EA activities for the Veterans Health Administration, in addition to work he as done for healthcare clients in the UK and Australia.  

Mr. Rubin is very active in the standards community, holding positions as co-chair of the HL7 Service-Oriented Architecture Workgroup, co-chair of the OMG Healthcare Domain Task Force and the Healthcare Service Specification Project (HSSP), and serves as the Enterprise Architect for Open Health Tools, an open-source software community.  

Mr. Rubin frequently guest-lectures at universities in the Baltimore-Washington area, has been published in JAMIA, and contributed to a paper to MedInfo 2010, and authored a book chapter on Healthcare Modeling in Person-Centered Health Records:  Toward HealthePeople, in the Springer-Verlag Medical Informatics Book Series.   Mr. Rubin lives with his wife in a suburb of Washington, DC.  

CDA resources

An interesting post from one of the luminaries in the CDA space – Keith Boone.

HL7 International Standards and Education Meeting, 9-14 January 2011, Sydney Australia

The Australian e-Health community is delighted to host the HL7 International Working Group Meeting 9-14 January 2011!

The HL7 International Standards and Education Meeting will provide the forum for more than 50 Work Groups, Committees and Task Forces to progress the HL7 V2.x, CDA, V3 and EHR Standards.  An extensive range of Courses, Tutorials and Workshops will allow us to hear and learn the very latest developments in EHRs, clinical messaging, terminology, etc. from the global experts and leaders in e-health.

Make plans to support this timely event – it is rare that this high level international event comes to our part of the world!For more information see