Events and News


posted by Linda McKay   [ updated ]

HL7 is pleased to announce that release 3 of FHIR has just been published.


The FHIR community invested a huge amount of work in this release – hundreds of people have contributed to the specification, and there have been thousands of Change Proposals processed (>2400). Most of these change proposals arose from 3 different places:


  • Implementation Experience (Trial use is working)

  • Alignment with other standards

  • Internal Quality Review processes

    Some of the key changes:


  • Added support for Clinical Decision Support and Clinical Quality Measures

  • Broadened functionality to cover key clinical workflows

  • Further development of Terminology Services, and support for Financial Management

  • Defined an RDF format, and how FHIR relates to Linked Data

  • Incremental improvements and increased maturity of the RESTful API and conformance framework



posted Mar 6, 2017, 1:17 PM by Linda McKay

The FHIR trademarks represent the goodwill in the marketplace created by HL7 through its members and collaborators to create a standard for exchanging healthcare information electronically.

Protection of the FHIR trademarks reinforces the connection between HL7 and FHIR and the projects that they represent; protection of the FHIR trademark protects the quality of the FHIR standard and ensures that the mark is only used for activities that promote our common mission. When HL7 members and collaborators and developers see the FHIR mark on a product, conference, publication, or seminar, they should be confident that those goods or services are of the highest quality and that they reinforce and support our common goals.  Read more in the PDF file below…

“The Standard” (HL7 International’s Official Blog)

posted Feb 22, 2017, 12:53 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 12:57 PM ]

Google Cloud Platform to Work with HL7 FHIR Foundation by Providing the Underlying Cloud Technology for the HL7 FHIR Developer Community Read more »

Festive Seasons Greetings from HL7NZ Chairman - Peter Jordan

posted Dec 11, 2016, 5:36 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Dec 11, 2016, 6:09 PM ]


As many end of year summaries will note, 2016 has been a transformational year, both in the Health and Disability Sector as well as the world at large. Within HL7 New Zealand itself, we have followed what appears to have been a broader trend in making a leadership change after an eight year tenure.

Hence it’s my first task, as the incoming Chairman, to thank David Hay for his magnificent leadership of our Affiliate in that period. In particular, David has been at the forefront in the development of the new HL7® FHIR® standard giving New Zealand a seat at the top table of an international project with, to date, over one thousand active participants! However, we’ve not allowed David to retire to his beach hut or the after-dinner speaking circuit: instead he has been awarded the honorary title of Chair Emeritus and will remain on our Board as the strategic lead for FHIR.

Another worldwide trend that’s been mirrored locally has been a shift of emphasis from eHealth and Healthcare IT to Digital Health, with major organisational and personnel changes within the Ministry of Health underpinning the new Digital Health Work Programme 2020. A key component of this strategy will be the adoption of international standards, notably for building APIs to facilitate the interoperability between systems that will provide the right information at the right time to the right people - be they the deliverers or consumers of healthcare services.

FHIR offers a unique platform for building such APIs and has already been implemented, in varying degrees, by nearly all of the 50 odd countries with HL7 membership. Healthcare is increasingly seen as a round-the-clock, global service and only standards that work across jurisdictions will meet this requirement. Another international standard SNOMED CT was a major focus in the NZ sector this year with the highly-successful Expo hosted in Wellington in late October, and I’d like to mention the key role played by our Board Member Alastair Kenworthy in this event.

At the Expo, HL7 New Zealand was privileged to host a booth, jointly with HL7 Australia. This formed part of a strategy to work more closely with our trans-Tasman neighbours, but even more significantly served as an indication of the increasingly close relationship between the FHIR and SNOMED CT standards and their respective governing bodies.

This event, and the following week at the HINZ Conference left many of us with a very positive feeling that our sector is on the verge of a major breakthrough in terms of aligning the requisite elements for the collaborative effort needed to drive the exponential change requirements of Digital Health. One concrete manifestation of this spirit of cooperation will be the publication of NZHiT’s Interoperability Charter, later this month.

Those of us fortunate to have seen the Keynote Presentation by international expert Dr John Halamka in Wellington will have noted his declaration that NZ can be world leaders in digital health. Given that Dr Halamka has also recently described FHIR as the ‘HTML of healthcare’, everything points to 2017 being a pivotal year. Consequently, we at HL7 New Zealand are proposing to increase our engagement with the sector by working closely with those building FHIR-based APIs - so look out for news of upcoming workshops and seminars early in the New Year.

Before then, I hope that you all enjoy a well-earned Christmas and New Year break and return to work re-charged and ready to interoperate.

Best regards,

Peter Jordan, Chairman HL7 New Zealand

Connectathon/Showcase events in 2017

posted Nov 28, 2016, 8:43 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 8:47 PM ]

IHE Australia and HISA announce a call for expressions of interest from healthcare IT vendors and professional healthcare organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the Asia/Pacific   for participation in the Connectathon/Showcase events in 2017.

IHE Connectathons are cross-vendor, live, supervised and structured testing events where medical software industry members test implementations of IHE and other standards profiles. The Connectathon also serves as the pre-requisite development and testing ground for the Interoperability @ HIC 17 Showcase which occurs 6 weeks later. IHE Showcases are practical demonstrations of connectivity using live applications connected over a local network, following a "script" that showcases both vendor capability as well as the value of interoperability to patient care. This event is run in the exhibition hall at the HIC where in the past has reached the majority of conference attendees.

In 2017 a key focus will be medical device connectivity, along with IHE on FHIR, in addition to the full range of IHE and HL7 profiles supporting Health Information Exchange and individual health sector workflow.  Kickoff Connectathon/Showcase Webinar   Select the date you wish to attend on the GoToMeeting Site)

1. Monday 5th December2016  8am (Eastern Australia) - 4pm Sunday 4th December (Eastern US)

2. Tuesday 6th December 2016 8am (Eastern Australia) - 4pm Monday 5th December (Eastern US)

3. Wednesday 14th December 2016 8am  Eastern Australia) - 4pm Tuesday 13th December (Eastern US)

Further information

Tour the  virtual Showcase 13


Key dates:

Australian Connectathon 17:                            3rd – 7th July 2017 - Adelaide

Interoperablity @ HIC 17Showcase:                   6th - 9th August 2017 - Brisbane



IHE Events:         Peter MacIsaac +61 0411403462

2016 AGM

posted Sep 27, 2016, 9:08 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Nov 6, 2016, 5:09 PM ]

This years' Annual General Meeting was held at Sky City Convention Centre, Monday 31 October at 4.30pm.
Officer bearers appointed as of Monday 7th November include:
Peter Jordan (Chairman), Peter Sergent (Vice Chairman), Edwin Ng (Treasurer), Linda McKay (Secretary).  A newly created honour goes to outgoing Chairman David Hay (Chairman Emeritus) - David has Chaired the HL7NZ Board for the past eight years.

David Hay, HL7NZ Chairman Awarded this week

posted Jul 15, 2016, 6:07 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Jul 15, 2016, 6:12 PM ]

The winners of the Excellence in IT Awards 2016 were handed out in front of nearly 700 people at a gala event in Wellington on 12 July 2016. The eight Awards celebrate the individuals and teams that make up the industry and are a collaboration of 11 of New Zealand's leading tech associations, to create a sector-wide awards programme. Partners include the Institute of IT Professionals, CITRENZ, TUANZ, Health Informatics NZ, itSMF NZ, NZ Software Association, GOVIS, Project Management Institute, InternetNZ, NZRise and the NZ Open Source Society.

The Excellence in Health Informatics was awarded to our own Chairman

Dr David Hay - for demonstrating a breadth of understanding of the Heath sector and has dedicated his entire career to bridging the role of clinician (he is a GP by training) with technology, with stunning results.  Congratulations David.

HL7 Australia 2016 Plenary Working Group Meeting

posted Jun 6, 2016, 1:17 AM by Ray Murakami   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 1:32 AM ]

6 JULY 2016 - 8 JULY 2016

Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Sydney NSW

(From the event web site)

Be part of history with the first 3 day HL7 Australia Working Group Meeting in Sydney 6, 7 & 8 July 2016, at Rydges Central.  Attendees can get excellent room rates at the hotel - just mention you are attending the HL7 Australia Working Group Meeting!

Set to be a key event in the Australia Health Informatics community, the WGM brings together clinicians, software vendors, medical organisations and key government decision makers.  The three day event provides opportunity to collaborate on draft e-health standards, network and share ideas with others within the community and attend a range of educational sessions. 

SNOMED Expo 2016 - is coming to NZ in October this year

posted May 24, 2016, 2:16 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 2:40 AM by Ray Murakami ]

SNOMED Clinical Terminology enables the clear exchange of health information for all. It helps the healthcare professionals to save time, money and lives with its universal, codified, clinical terminology system.   The SNOMED CT Expo 2016 is organised by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

The Expo showcases the latest achievements and cutting edge thinking in semantic interoperability, presented by thought leaders from around the globe. READ MORE

DICOM Workshop in Sydney on 11-12 August 2016

posted May 22, 2016, 2:36 PM by Ray Murakami   [ updated May 24, 2016, 3:26 AM ]

For HL7 NZ Members interested in DICOM, a DICOM trainer Marco Kemper is offering a 2-day Workshop in Sydney on 11-12 August 2016 with CPD credits allocated by New Zealand Institute of Medical Radiation Technology. The registration period is until 10 June 2016.

For more details, please visit Marco’s website:

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