HL7® FHIR® and SNOMED CT® Implementation Workshop

HL7® FHIR® and SNOMED CT® Implementation Workshop

Wednesday 19 June 2019, Novotel Auckland Airport

This year’s HL7NZ mid-year event will focus on practical concerns with regard to the adoption of the critical HL7® FHIR® and SNOMED CT® standards in the NZ Health &Disability Sector. The event will consist of two separate streams, one of whichis an HL7® FHIR® Connectathon lead by Dr David Hay (HL7NZ Chair Emeritus and Co-Chair FHIR Management Group) who has the following message for potential participants…

You may have heard that Ministry of Health is working on exposing access to the NHI & HPI services through FHIR interfaces. This is a critical first step in establishing the digital healthcare ecosystem and it’s great that the Ministry is working with HL7 New Zealand on this work.

So, as part of our mid-year event this year, HL7 New Zealand is planning to hold a connectathon as one of the tracks, themed on what you will need to knowto use these interfaces. The connectathon is targeted at implementers (we’ll be looking at code at times), and will be a combination of presentations andpractical exercises. The goal is that by the end of the day you’ll have enough information to start planning the development needed to access these services oncethey are available (and to participate in testing if you wish).

We’ll start with a presentation that reviews FHIR RESTful queries, and also the wire structure of the FHIR responses – resources, extensions and bundles - as well as the responsibilities of a FHIR client. We’ll look at the NHI/NHI resource structures in some detail, as well as touching on terminology interaction. Then we’ll move on to security, and spend some time on the widely used OAuth2 / Open ID Connect (the standards that SMART is based on).This will be a general discussion (though technically detailed) as the details of how this will be deployed by the NHI project are still under development.

After that comes the practical part of the day – retrieving Patients from the NHI via FHIR (or, at least, an example server that exposes the planned interface) - with sample data conforming to the NHI specification which will be released shortly, as well as interaction with HPI services.

The Server will expose test data through both a secure and an in secure end point. In addition to all that, there will also be FHIR experts present happy to talk about other questions you may have.


It’s going to be a great day and, as always, space is limited, so book your place early - please click this link to the evetns page at NZHIT.

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