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FHIR Connectathon 18

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This page describes the Eighteenth FHIR Connectathon that will be held on Saturday/Sunday May 12-13 2018 at the host hotel, Maritim Hotel, Kolnin Cologne, Germany prior to the May HL7 Working Group Meeting.

The contact for this event is Sandy Vance at or 614-273-5916

Important notes

  • EARLY BIRD Registration for the HL7 WGM and Connectathon Ends April 15th! Register Now to get the best rate!
  • Connectathon will be based on the the R4 ballot candidate, unless stated otherwise in the track proposals.


The following are the tracks for the Connectathon. Each item links to the original proposal, with the coordinators name and email on the linked page. View the link for details.

Connectathon Organization

The connectathon will be held over 2 days - Saturday May 12 9AM - 10PM and Sunday May 13 9AM - 5PM, prior to the HL7 Working Group Meeting.

Saturday is an extended day (9AM - 10PM), and is intended for participants to test and develop software in an informal way. Test servers are available (FHIR Test Servers ), but some participants may bring other servers along depending on the actors they are fulfilling. Sunday is also a full day. The actual programme is still being confirmed, but will likely involve concurrent break-out sessions for demonstrations and discussions of specific topics.

Each stream has a coordinator. The nominated coordinator's responsibilities:

  • In the lead up to the connectathon: track participants, respond to queries about scenarios, connect participants to each other
  • During the connectathon act as a test mediator / progress tracker
  • track emergent issues that should be fed back to the committees

Connectathon Planning Team


If you or your company are interested in participating in the connectathon, please do the following.

Space at the venue is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Preference will be given to those who are participating in the technical event. Observers are welcome if space permits.

For any queries, either contact Sandy Vance at, a member of the planning team, or post your question in the FHIR list server

Test servers

These are the STU3 servers we are aware of:

FHIR Tutorials

  • There are 10 FHIR tutorials scheduled through-out the week
  • (Mon. PM) Introduction to HL7 FHIR
  • (Tues. AM) Designing and Architecting HL7 FHIR Solutions
  • (Tues. AM) Introduction to HL7 FHIR for Software Developers
  • (Tues. PM) HL7 FHIR for Clinicians and Decision Makers
  • (Tues. PM) HL7 FHIR Profiling
  • (Wed. AM) Clinical Genomics Using HL7 FHIR
  • (Wed. AM) Clinical Documents on HL7 FHIR
  • (Wed. PM) Understanding and Using Terminology in HL7 FHIR
  • (Thur. AM) HL7 FHIR for Clinical and Administrative Workflows
  • (Thur. PM) HL7 FHIR Using SMART & CDS Hooks

Detailed descriptions are available in the Event Brochure

FHIR Proficiency Exam

  • The FHIR proficiency test allows test takers to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the specification. This is a basic proficiency test, not a professional credentialing test. It will be multiple choice, multi-select, and true/false and based on the STU3 specification and not on field knowledge. Those who pass the test will receive the FHIR Proficiency Certificate, a Certificate of Knowledge.
  • There will be a tutorial to help prepare for the exam: (Wed. PM) FHIR Proficiency Exam Review
  • The exam will be held on Thursday in the afternoon.

Work Group Meetings

HL7 WGMs are where a lot of the development work on FHIR happens. Numerous work groups will be considering FHIR change proposals, working on FHIR profiles and resources, and debating other aspects of FHIR implementation. There will also be meetings of the FHIR Governance Board and FHIR Management Group discussing policies relating to FHIR. There are often ad-hoc meetings at breakfast, lunch and after-hours to discuss items of interest such as tooling, new domains, particular technical issues, etc.

You can take a look at the Event Brochure to get a sense of the breadth of discussions that will be taking place.

Participating in the WGM is a good way to get a sense of the people involved in building the spec, to form relationships, to get more deeply involved in the FHIR community and to influence how the standard evolves.

Outcomes (for coordinators)

Please use either the Connectathon Management Tool (Orientation Recording Here) or the Google Spreadsheet (here) to document the progress of your track.


  • 1 paragraph summary: what was the track trying to achieve
  • 1 list of participants (with logos if you have time and energy)
  • 1 paragraph: notable achievements
  • 1-2 screenshots if relevant and interesting and/or links to further information about implementations/acheivements
  • 1 paragraph: discovered issues / questions (if there are any)
  • 1 paragraph: now what?

Other References

May 2018 Track Proposal Submissions were due March 31st, 2018. Please complete the template found at the track Proposal link AND contact Sandy Vance immediately if you are interested in making a late submission.


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