HL7 New Zealand (HL7NZ) held its Annual Mid-Year Seminar

HL7 New Zealand (HL7NZ) held its Annual Mid-Year Seminar at the Novotel Hotel, Auckland Airport on Wednesday 19th June.

This year's Event was an HL7®FHIR®and SNOMED CT ® Implementation Workshop consisting of a FHIR Connectath on and a series of interactive presentations from a range of speakers.

 

The Event was strongly supported by  our Industry Partnerswith Keynotes being delivered by NZHIT CEO, Scott Arrol and Peter Marks, Manager of Architecture & Standards at the Ministry of Health. Scott delivered an impassioned customer perspective on achieving the benefits of digital healthcare and Peter provided updates on the latest work from the Data and Digital Team, notably the National Health Infomation Platform.

 

The Connectathon, led by HL7NZ Chair Emeritus Dr David Hay,facilitated community involvement in a project, commissioned by the Ministry of Health, to develop FHIR APIs for the National Health Index (NHI) and Health Provider Index (HPI). This form of engagement echoes how the worldwide FHIR Project itself has operated and it is hoped that it will prove to be as successful in a local context.

 

HL7NZ Chair Peter Jordan hosted the Presentation Stream, which articulated a variety of key issues relating to the implementation of both FHIR and SNOMED CT in New Zealand and the potential role of these standards in improving healthcare outcomes. The group also considered how to progress the development of an active, engaged and collaborative standards community consisting of all stakeholders.

 

The Event concluded with both groups combining to pose a series of questions to a Panel consisting of the day's presenters. This session was recorded for use in the first of a series of Podcasts to be hosted by HL7NZ. Something to look out for in the coming weeks in the build up to the next standards event at Digital Health Week NZ in November!

 

Peter Jordan

Chairman, HL7 New Zealand

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