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Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Conference Held at UW Medicine


Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Conference Held at UW Medicine

On September 23rd and 24th, faculty, staff, students and software developers from both clinical and research disciplines were invited to learn more about the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (or FHIR®) platform over a two day conference. This conference and training opportunity was co-hosted by the Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC), UW department Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME), and UW department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics.

The conference was well attended with 139 registrants for the Monday meeting, over 60 of whom also attended tutorials on Sunday.

Topics covered

  • Tutorials and overviews of three main technologies: FHIR, SMART on FHIR, and CDS Hooks
  • Terminology and Standards
  • Healthcare governance
  • Vendors for Electronic Medical Records and FHIR
  • Applications of using this technology in a clinical and research setting, such as:
    • Managing FHIR Innovation
    • Existing application examples
    • Enterprise FHIR
    • Population Health applications
    • Patient Engagement
    • FDA law and mobile apps

View the conference page for a detailed description of the agenda. 

Sessions were presented by speakers from Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah, Mayo Clinic, Allscripts, Epic, GE Healthcare, Transformative Med, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Washington.

Registrants from ten unique UW departments and business units were represented including BIME, School of Nursing, Computer Science and Engineering, and UW Medicine ITS. Registrants hailed from 31 other institutions, including the Washington State Department of Health, Seattle Children’s, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Madigan Army Medical Center, Providence/Swedish, Virginia Mason, OCHIN, Oregon Health & Science University, and industry, including several large local companies and early-stage ventures.

This conference provided an opportunity for attendees from diverse backgrounds to come together and share in a common clinical experiences and needs. This enabled interesting conversation, catalyzed future collaboration, and raised awareness of related work happening within the University, and in the greater Washington region.

Looking ahead, the organizing committee has plans to disseminate conference materials for ongoing training opportunity. Look for updates to the main UW FHIR webpage for session slides and future offerings.

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