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CDS Hooks, Genomics and More: Update from HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15 in Madrid

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2017 9:49:37 AM / by David Hay posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, health IT, Connectathon

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As is customary, the team held a FHIR® Connectathon preceding the HL7 International Conference & Working Group Meeting in Madrid earlier this month.

Connectathons are an integral part of the HL7 FHIR process as they help validate the decisions that are made as part of the overall development of the specification, and ensure the standard is as easy as possible to implement (recognizing that healthcare interoperability is always going to be complex). 

HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15 had approximately 80 attendees – a bit down from previous connectathons, though still a strong turnout for an event held outside of the US. 

This connecthaton featured 10 tracks, click here to read the complete list. 

Following are some of the highlights: 

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How Applicadia Leverages FHIR, CQL and CIMI

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2017 1:11:03 PM / by Richard Esmond posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability, health IT, CQI, CIMI

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How Applicadia Leverages FHIR, CQL and CIMI

The medical software industry often exhibits great reluctance in adopting new approaches and technology. HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®), which has been enthusiastically embraced, is an exception. FHIR is in the limelight and is being adopted at an unprecedented rate. However, FHIR also has two other sister-standards that aren’t getting the attention they deserve: Clinical Quality Language (CQL) and the Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI). When combined with FHIR, CQL and CIMI bring powerful and important capabilities to healthcare platforms that go far beyond what FHIR can deliver on its own.

Applicadia Wins Best in Show at HL7's March 2017 FHIR Applications Roundtable 

Applicadia’s mission is to build a suite of tools, components and libraries, that facilitate the integration of FHIR, CQL and CIMI clinical models into existing healthcare platforms.

 

At the HL7 FHIR Application Roundtable event, Applicadia demonstrated a novel speech-based charting application that leverages Clinical Natural Lanugage Processing (NLP) and CIMI clinical models to capture structured information at the point-of-care, without ever having to touch a keyboard. As a clinician speaks, SNOMED CT and LOINC descriptors are built from his or her statements and used to determine which pre-defined schema (CIMI clinical model) best describes the clinical situation. The system can then prompt for additional information, as necessary, until a fully encoded and computable standards-compliant medical record is produced that conforms to the expectations of its matching FHIR profile.

You can watch the Applicadia demo from the March 2017 FHIR Applications Roundtable by clicking here.

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HL7 FHIR Product Priorities for Release 4

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2017 1:51:39 PM / by Grahame Grieve posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability

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Draft FHIR Product Priorities for Release 4 

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3 Tools and Approaches to Introduce HL7 FHIR® to Clinical Informatics Community

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2017 11:42:29 AM / by Corey Spears posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, Clinicians, AMIA, collaboration, informatics

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First Collaborative Datathon Between HL7 and AMIA: Informatics in the Age of FHIR

On March 26th,  the first HL7-AMIA Datathon: Informatics in the Age of FHIR was held in conjunction with AMIA's 2017 Joint Summits on Translational Medicine in San Francisco, CA. 

While this datathon was similar to an HL7 FHIR Connectathon, it was geared towards clinical informaticists and designed to provide them with the technical skills to evaluate and use HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard to support research and discovery.

It was an intense day of hands-on, heads down development, working directly with fellow participants as well as HL7 FHIR experts.

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HL7 Austria Celebrates 10th Anniversary

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 12, 2017 2:14:24 PM / by Dr. Stefan Sabutsch posted in FHIR, CDA, hl7, hl7 community

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Small but Mighty

HL7 Austria's annual assembly has become an insider’s guide to the eHealth community. This small but mighty event was held on March 15, 2017 at its regular location, the Heuriger, a local winemaker’s tavern, with a record attendance of more than 100 participants. The annual assembly included a a full day of presentations with timley information, education and networking.  We also celebrated the 10th anniversary of HL7 Austria.  

More than 20 speakers from four countries delivered engaging talks on the importance of standardization and HL7 in the eHealth area. The presentations covered a wide range of topics that demonstrated what goals have already been accomplished and what work still needs to be done to support interoperable electronic health data exchange in the future.

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Getting Ready for HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2017 3:48:15 PM / by David Hay posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability, health IT, Connectathon

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It’s my pleasure to make you aware of the next HL7 FHIR Connectathon taking place on Saturday,   May 6 and Sunday, May 7 in Madrid, Spain. This event takes place in conjunction with the May 2017 International Conference & Working Group Meeting

Hard to believe, but it’s already the 15th one and we look forward to many more.

If you are thinking about attending this Connectathon, but you’re not sure if it is right for you, or even where to start, as one of the organizers, I can help. 

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The HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable: A Showcase of FHIR-Based Solutions

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2017 4:30:34 PM / by Rafiya Javed, MD posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability, SMART on FHIR, health IT

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The HL7 FHIR® Applications Roundtable: A Showcase of FHIR-Based Solutions 
An Attendee's Perspective

This month, I had the pleasure of attending the HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable at Duke University. As an MD that recently defected into the software world, I'm going to take a few paragraphs to briefly explain the significance of HL7 and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to my non-technical friends and medical school colleagues.

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HL7 FHIR Connectathon: Notes from the Medication Track

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2017 4:00:56 PM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, health IT, pharmacy, Connectathon

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The HL7 FHIR Connectathon Medication Track

At the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 14, held January 14 - 15, 2017 in San Antonio, I participated in the medication track. See my previous post to learn more about how I ended up in the medication track. 

HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard has four key resources related to medication:

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HL7 FHIR Connectathon: First Time Impressions and Other Tidbits

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2017 11:15:00 AM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability, health IT, Connectathon

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Excitement Filled the Room

It was already 9:23 am. One could argue that on a normal Saturday morning, that's an early start time. 

But I was late. The conference room at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk was packed ... and buzzing with excitement over FHIR resources, interoperability and the like: 

 

I later learned the total number of participants at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 14 was 200+  (a sharp increase from the 6 who attended the first Connectathon just a few years ago).

It seemed like 20+ round tables, packed close to each other, each with 6 to 10 participants, elbow to elbow.  Some attendees engaged in lively discussion, some furiously wrote code, and some just stared at their screens (most displaying a FHIR resource page) brows creased in concentration.

Where Do I Start? 

Why couldn’t I drag my behind out of bed a little earlier for the opening remarks so I could orient myself better?

Which table should I start from?

In this mild confusion, I walked past each table to see if I could find anyone I knew or a track I was familiar with.

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HIMSS17: The Meeting Place for All Things Health IT

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 23, 2016 9:30:43 AM / by Health Level Seven posted in FHIR, hl7, interoperability, health IT, HIMSS

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HL7 on FHIR 
at HIMSS17 

With its world-class education, ever-expanding exhibition and exceptional networking opportunities, no other event brings the brightest minds in health and IT together like HIMSS17. More than 40,000 health and IT professionals are expected to attend to explore creative solutions to real-world challenges in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. 

HL7 is proud to support this annual event that helps health IT professionals find the right products and solutions for their organizations so that they can continue to transform health and lives through IT.

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