Events and News

Festive Season Greetings from HL7NZ

posted Dec 16, 2018, 2:44 AM by Ray Murakami   [ updated Dec 16, 2018, 2:45 AM ]


"And so this is Christmas
and what have you done?"

Is question posed by one of the most widely-played songs at this time of the year. In response, I could reflect upon another productive year for our Affiliate and indeed did do so in my recent Chairman's Report to the HL7 NZ Board.

Certainly, from an International viewpoint, it’s been a year of terrific progress. HL7® FHIR® continues to take the outside world by storm and its adoption by “Tech Titans” (such as Apple, Google & Microsoft), major overseas Health IT Vendors and Government Digital Health Agencies grows by the month. We now await the upcoming Release 4 which will contain the first normative content. The progress of the FHIR Project, including the significant part played by HL7NZ members, is detailed in the Reports from the International Working Group meetings that we’ve attended this year. Outside of these meetings, HL7NZ members have participated in a number of key working groups, often in co-chair positions, including a collaboration project between HL7 International and SNOMED International – not surprisingly known as ‘SNOMED on FHIR’.
 
So far, so good – but what’s this year’s key health information interoperability message from Aotearoa? Well, we’ve delivered events focussing on practical usage of these standards and attempted to engage the implementer community as best we can to facilitate the interoperable use of FHIR.   Throughout the Sector as a whole, there have been numerous analogue conversations around and about digital health issues, but very little discernible progress on interoperability – particularly in terms of creating the open APIs that might facilitate secure and appropriate access to healthcare information for the new generation of bespoke healthcare apps. O Data Portability where art thou?
 
This frustrating state of affairs was neatly encapsulated in an entertaining story told by a hospital emergency department doctor at last month’s HiNZ Conference. The punch line involved the husband of an overseas patient photographing a printed discharge summary on his mobile phone and then ripping up the paper copy having established that no digital information could flow between the FHIR API on his phone and any software application or device at the hospital. The stuff of future comedy sketches perhaps – like expectant Americans seeking international class service in 1970s Britain?
 
A further reminder of the distance between our nascent digital health strategy and cold reality came a fortnight later as I completed a four page paper form at a DHB Skin Lesion Clinic detailing everything available at the click of a button in my primary care portal.  The later would be invaluable to any clinician, although those of us without medical qualifications might prefer to download this information, via (of course) a FHIR API, to be presented, in consumer-friendly fashion, by a health and wellness app of our own choice.

At the HL7NZ events we’ve uncovered a non-trivial amount of usage of FHIR APIs, but mainly in restricted two-party exchanges and our attempts at further engagement have often met with a stony silence from the custodians of our health data silos: FHIR behind ‘closed doors’.  Let’s hope that some of these barriers will be removed in 2019 and we can utilise FHIR to make interoperability easier and cheaper to implement.
 
Finally, on a more festive, note, I’d like to extend sincere thanks to all of our members and benefactors (notably the Digital and Data Services Team at the Ministry of Health) for their support in the past year and I hope that you and your families all enjoy a well-earned Christmas and New Year break. I look forward to continuing to work together with you on the seemingly long road to interoperable health information in 2019.

Seasons’ Greetings

Peter Jordan, Chairman HL7 New Zealand
December 16, 2018

HL7NZ FHIR Connectathon Nov 20, 2108 – Information for Participants

posted Nov 10, 2018, 11:29 PM by Ray Murakami   [ updated Nov 10, 2018, 11:31 PM ]

Many thanks for registering for New Zealand’s first ‘official’ HL7® FHIR® Connectathon.

As previous advised the Connectathon will be divided into ‘Tracks’ focussing on specific topics of interest to the NZ Health & Disability Sector…

a.    Patient – FHIR Introduction (Lead Dr David Hay, FHIR Management Group)

b.    Adverse Event Reporting (Lead Dr David Hay, Chair Emeritus HL7NZ)

c.     Terminology Services (Lead: Dr Michael Lawley, Co-Chair SNOMED on FHIR)

d.    Directory Services (Lead: John Carter, HL7NZ Board Member)

e.    Health Pathways (Lead: Brian Postlethwaite, FHIR Core Team)

In order to assist in our preparations, we request that you to register with the Connectathon Manager App and indicate the Track(s) in which you wish to participate. This App contains further details about each Track, including links to further information and resources that will enhance your Connectathon Experience.

Those who are intending to bring devices to participate interactively should note that the preferred (but not mandatory) version of FHIR to use is Release 4 September Ballot and that links to various technical resources can be found on the Downloads Page in the FHIR Specification.

If you have any further suggestions or questions about the workshop content, please email HL7 chair Peter Jordan.Alternatively we recommend that you join the FHIR Chat Site and subscribe to the New Zealand Stream to join in the interactive conversations on the HL7NZ FHIR Connectathon Thread.

We look forward to seeing you all in Wellington!

HL7NZ AGM 2018

posted Nov 4, 2018, 4:54 PM by Linda McKay

All current HL7NZ members are invited to attend the HL7NZ AGM - Wed 28th November, 4pm at Sysmex NZ, 386 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland.
AGENDA  /  MINUTES 2017  /  BOARD NOMINATION and PROXY FORM
REVISED CONSTITUTION CHANGES
(files available below)

Industry Briefing - MOH Architecture & Standards Working Groups

posted Oct 16, 2018, 2:23 PM by Linda McKay

YOU'RE INVITED...DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED!

NZHIT is organising an industry briefing in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Architecture and Standards Working Groups and HL7NZ on Monday 29th October from 10am-1pm in Auckland - click here for more information and to register

This is your opportunity to receive an update direct from the MOH and the Working Groups, PLUS participate in a workshop so your input can be taken into account and factored into the development of standards for the key domain areas of Connected Health, Digital Identity and Interoperability.

Be very aware that these standards will have an influence on the type and direction of digital health services provided to NZ's healthcare sector in the future. So, you are strongly advised to participate now so you can fully understand the changes that are being planned and have your say about them.

ATTENDANCE IS FREE and.....if your organisation is a NZHIT and/or HL7NZ member then you will receive priority booking status for this workshop.  If your organisation is not a NZHIT or HL7NZ member then you will be placed on a wait-list and notified if there is an available space for you to attend.

For more information on joining please click here for more information and to register

We look forward to seeing you at the briefing on the 29th!

Dr David Hay receives HL7® International Fellowship

posted Oct 12, 2018, 11:53 AM by Linda McKay   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 11:53 AM ]

HL7 New Zealand is pleased to announce that our Chair Emeritus, Dr David Hay, has been elected as a Fellow of HL7® International.  David is the first New Zealander to receive this honour which recognises his outstanding commitment and sustained contribution to HL7 International over a fifteen-year period, most recently as a Co-Chair of the HL7® FHIR® Management Group and creator of the popular ClinFHIR Tool.

 

David was inducted into the HL7 Fellows Programme at last week’s Working Group Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA where the major focus was on preparations for the upcoming Release 4 of FHIR, the first to contain normative content. Further details of this highly-significant work can be found in FHIR Product Director, Grahame Grieve’s meeting report at HERE.

HiNZ 2018 - featuring FHIR® Connectathon pre conf workshop

posted Jul 16, 2018, 3:01 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Sep 26, 2018, 10:01 PM ]



New Zealand’s first ‘official’ HL7® FHIR® Connectathon will be an interactive event in which participants can test their FHIR implementations, parts of the specification itself, or simply learn more about the most important new standard in healthcare information interoperability. The hands-on nature of the event encourages attendees to pass data, via APIs, between client applications and FHIR servers, plus utilise cloud-based testing services.

The Connectathon will be divided into ‘streams’ that will focus on specific topics of interest to the NZ Sector. At this stage, subject to demand, we are planning to offer the following…

  1. Patient – specifically for those new to FHIR

  2. Terminology Services

  3. Adverse Event Reporting

  4. Directory Services

  5. Health Pathways

If you have suggestions about additional ‘streams’, or questions about the workshop content, please email HL7 chair Peter Jordan.

COST: 
$159 (for HiNZ or HL7NZ members)
$199 (for non-members)

REGISTER HERE


We are seeking your input...

posted Jun 20, 2018, 1:57 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 1:58 PM ]

To better serve you and the greater FHIR community, HL7 is gathering information about FHIR usage worldwide. Your responses to a brief survey will help us guide the development of the FHIR standard in the coming years to ensure that your needs are being met. Please find the survey here

Interoperability in Action - 18 June 2018, Auckland

posted Apr 17, 2018, 5:07 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 6:38 PM ]

HL7® FHIR® and SNOMED CT® Implementation Showcase

Took place on Monday 18th June 2018 

 

This event offered an opportunity for designers and developers of digital healthcare applications, based on HL7® FHIR® and/or SNOMED CT®, to present their work and discuss their experiences in implementing the key interoperability standards underpinning the NZ Digital Healthcare Strategy.  During the day we reviewed and discussed the practical challenges encountered by the early adopters of these standards in New Zealand and overseas. Among these pioneers were those actively involved in localisations of these standards and representatives from the teams who competed in the recent “Developers on FHIR Challenge”. 

 

Read about this event in the latest HINZ eHealthNews  *Presentations will be loaded soon*


Developers on FHIR Challenge took place 17 March 2018

posted Mar 13, 2018, 9:19 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Nov 30, 2018, 4:46 PM by Ray Murakami ]

Read about this event in HINZ eHealthNews 


HL7 New Zealand acknowledges the supporters of the 2018 “Developers on FHIR” Challenge 

An enthusiastic group got together in four teams at the University of Auckland this weekend to work on what you can do with FHIR to develop an interoperable adverse events reporting solution!  The goal was to use HL7 FHIR to create solutions for the improved collection, analysis and reporting of adverse event data.
 
The group was also treated to a FHIR masterclass from Dr David Hay, one of the founding developers of FHIR and an international expert on it.  After much deliberation from our judges the winners were (in ranked order).


  1. Ad Rec
  2. FHIRoholics
  3. Medfriend
  4. FallsExtinguisher

Autumn News - March 2018

posted Mar 4, 2018, 4:56 PM by Linda McKay   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 1:57 AM by Ray Murakami ]

 

HL7 New Zealand – Autumn 2018 Update:

 

Since our last message at Xmas, we hope that you all enjoyed a good break and managed to enjoy or record summer temperatures.  It’s been a very busy start to 2018 for both Health Level Seven International (HL7®) and our local affiliate HL7NZ, starting with the January Working Group meeting in New Orleans. A Full Report  is available on our Web Site – suffice to say here that preparations for Release 4 of the HL7® FHIR® specification in October of this year are still well on track and the number of implementations of this ground-breaking standard is growing exponentially.

 

The HL7NZ Executive Board met recently and agreed a strategy based on ‘practical interoperability’ for the coming financial year. This includes confirmation of an exciting Event Calendar for the remainder of 2018, commencing with…


HL7NZ in Collaboration with The University of Auckland, announce the…

 

2018 “Developers on FHIR” Challenge


For those wishing to learn or demonstrate practical solutions development skills, using the ‘game-changing’ HL7® FHIR® standard, this event is underway and finishes with a full-day at the University of Auckland on Saturday 17th March. You will also get to rub shoulders with FHIR experts and others working in this field. Prizes will be awarded for the top three submissions as judged by health sectors leaders!  If you are an application architect, usability designer, developer or clinician working in the Health and Disability Sector - or a student with an active interest in digital healthcare - this event is for you!  Click here to REGISTER and gain more information – it is not too late to enter and participate. For regular updates go to…HL7NZ FHIR Chat Site

 

Further 2018 Event Plans (save the dates):

 

Monday 18th June – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Novotel, Auckland Airport

HL7® FHIR® and SNOMED CT® Implementation Showcase

 

An opportunity for developers of digital healthcare applications, based on HL7® FHIR® and/or SNOMED CT®, to present their work and discuss their experiences in implementing the key interoperability standards underpinning the NZ Digital Healthcare Strategy.

 

Tuesday 20th November – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (pre-HiNZ 2018 Conference Workshop)

TSB Arena / Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington

HL7® New Zealand FHIR® Connectathon

 

New Zealand’s first ‘official’ HL7® FHIR® Connectathon will be an interactive event in which participants can test their FHIR implementations, parts of the specification itself, or simply learn more about the most important new standard in healthcare information interoperability. The hands-on nature of the event encourages attendees to pass data, via APIs, between client applications and FHIR servers, plus utilise cloud-based testing services. The Connectathon will be divided into ‘streams’ that will focus on specific topics of interest to the NZ Sector, such as patient access & case management, terminology and health pathways.

 

If you would like to see particular topics/issues discussed at these events please contact us admin@hl7.org.nz and if you are not already a member see www.hl7.org.nz we welcome your involvement.

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