What is a FHIR Connectathon? And how do these events evolve this health IT standard?

April 11, 2017 Dr. David Hay

Part of the reason why FHIR® has gained such a large following in a short time has been the focus on involving the implementer community in the design and evolution of the standard. A key part of that process is the Connectathon—an event where implementers get together and test out proposed updates to FHIR. Do the updates meet a real business need? And what is the best way to define it in the specification? In this post, David Hay talks about the next Connectathon, which is at the HL7 Working Group Meeting in Madrid in May.

It’s my pleasure to make you aware of the next HL7 FHIR Connectathon taking place on May 6 and 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. 

What's the Purpose of a Connectathon? 

First things first: Why does HL7 host FHIR Connectathons? The primary reason HL7 hosts FHIR Connectathons is to ensure that the FHIR standard is meeting the needs of implementers by testing it in real-world scenarios.

It is also a great way for you to meet and interact with the people who are most active in the FHIR community.

What are tracks? 

During the FHIR Connectathon, participants join one or more track to work on throughout the event.

Each of the tracks has a detailed description of what it is trying to achieve, including the roles and scenarios being tested.

Learn more about the eleven tracks that will be hosted during FHIR Connectathon 15:

As you can see, there are plenty of options to choose from to fit your area of interest and expertise. 

You can read all the available background information for the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15 here.

Read more of David’s blog post, "Getting Ready for HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15," on the HL7 web site:



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