2018 UW FHIR® Workshop

University of Washington, Seattle
Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 - FHIR Tutorials
**Tutorial is full - get on the waitlist!**
Monday, Sep 24, 2018 - Full Day Meeting
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University of Washington FHIR® Workshop

Dates and Location

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 - Morning & Afternoon Tutorials
**Tutorial is full - get on the waitlist!**
Monday, Sep 24, 2018 - Full day Meeting

South Lake Union Medical Research Building
Orin Smith Auditorium
850 Republican St. Seattle, WA 98109

Parking and Transportation

Parking will be available at the South Lake Union campus under building C. It will be free on Sunday, and will be $3/hr on Monday.

For those who don't want to drive, the South Lake Union Transit Streetcar goes from Westlake to South Lake Union and has a stop a block away from the building. Bus Route 40 also has a stop near the complex and goes from Downtown Seattle to Northgate and vice versa.

For who is this workshop intended?

We invite faculty, staff, students and software developers from both clinical and research disciplines to learn about the healthcare data standard FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), the related technologies of SMART and CDS Hooks, and their use in health informatics applications supporting both clinical care and research. Attendees will leave the conference with a foundational understanding for how to work within FHIR and an overview of how FHIR has been used to facilitate and manage healthcare innovation within healthcare organizations.

We invite our colleagues from across the country, but with a particular emphasis on the Pacific Northwest and Seattle. This meeting will be particularly useful to those from healthcare organizations, academia and research, and our local start-up scene, and especially those in the roles of health informaticians, IT professionals, managers, and aspiring clinical informatics developers.

What is this workshop about?

We are holding two ½ day tutorials on Sunday, September 23, followed by a one day workshop on Monday, September 24.

The technical tutorial will teach participants about the FHIR standard, the related SMART and CDS Hooks standards, the tools available to develop applications that use FHIR, and methods to develop applications for clinical use. The tutorial will cover beginning to intermediate material. See the tutorial information below for prequisites. It’s hands-on; bring a laptop. Lunch will be provided.

The second day will be a workshop featuring panels and talks to de-mystify FHIR’s potential applications, contextualize how FHIR can enable healthcare organizations to manage their technological innovation, learn how the major EHR vendors are supporting FHIR in their customer and developer ecosystems, and explore specific topics relating to the deployment, management, and use of FHIR and it’s related technologies. General knowledge of health IT, and enthusiasm for new methods are all that are required. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

What is FHIR® and why should I care?

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources is a data standard for healthcare data developed by Health Level Seven International (HL7®). Healthcare data that is stored using different formats and standards is a major problem facing healthcare organizations. The ability to share data between different organizations is limited; further, applications that work in one healthcare systems electronic health record (EHR) may not work in other organizations’ EHRs because of the differing data structures and standards.

FHIR is proving to be the best attempt at developing a unify data standard that will allow interoperability between institutions for data sharing. The end goal is to enable the EHR as a platform, much like the apple or android app stores, where any application developed to use FHIR data can be downloaded and used on any EHR that has adopted FHIR.

Two closely related technologies will also be discussed: SMART on FHIR, and CDS Hooks. SMART on FHIR is the set of tools that allow applications to be securely deployed inside of the EHR, enabling the “EHR as a platform” framework. Both web and native mobile apps can take advantage of single sign-on, patient context, user interface integration, and access to clinical data in the EHR. SMART on FHIR is the toolset you need to build extensions or apps within the EHR. CDS Hooks are a set of protocols to integrate apps that use FHIR into a clinical decision support framework. CDS Hooks can be used to provide information, or launch applications, in response to appropriate triggers. This offers the ability to reason on the patient’s clinical data, at the moment it matters most to the patient’s care.

Who should attend?

If any of the following statements describe you, this conference may be of interest:
  • I want to develop apps that use clinical data
  • I use clinical data for research
  • I work in healthcare IT
  • I am a technical manager in a healthcare organization
  • I want to promote managed innovation in our healthcare organization


September 23rd, FHIR Technical Tutorials

Location: UW Medicine South Lake Union - Building C - Room C123

Agenda and Details: www.uwfhir.org/tutorials

September 24th, FHIR Workshop

Location: UW Medicine South Lake Union - Building C

Download the Agenda PDF
Download Breakout Session Descriptions

Start Time Speakers Content
Morning Session: Information, Innovation, and Governance
8:30-9:00 Breakfast Coffee and light fare
Laura Heermann Langford
Sean Mooney
CRIO, UW Medicine
Joy Grosser
CIO, UW Medicine
Bill Lober
Professor, UW
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Introduction to the workshop logistics, framework, and goals. Thoughts about innovation in academics, research, and practice.
Rick Freeman
President & CEO, Interopion
FHIR and Innovation
Innovation in Health IT, the impact of that innovation on care, and the power of FHIR and related technologies to enable that innovation. We’ll talk about how FHIR enables other technologies like SMART on FHIR and CDS Hooks, and about the opportunities to effect change in clinical care and biomedical research.
Stan Huff
CMIO, Intermountain Healthcare
FHIR Update and Challenges
How did we get here and where are we going? A brief history, and a look at the challenges and roadmaps for FHIR, SMART on FHIR, and CDS-Hooks.
10:15-10:30 Break
Ken Kawamoto
Assoc CMIO U Utah
Scott Narus
Medical Informatics Director, Intermountain Health
Bob Freimuth
Senior Associate Consultant II-Research, Mayo Clinic
Panel: Managing FHIR innovations in healthcare organizations
In this panel, we will discuss the challenges, barriers and successes that healthcare organizations have faced when developing and implementing novel technology solutions for clinical informatics. The panelists will share their experiences of how innovation is governed at their organizations, how development risks are managed and how FHIR has benefitted their organizations.
Ken Kawamoto
Associate CMIO, U of Utah
Justin McReynolds
Tech Pgm Mgr, UW CIRG
Bob Freimuth
Senior Associate Consultant II-Research, Mayo
Bill Lober
Professor, UW
Panel: FHIR Examples
Introduction to some common applications of FHIR and related technologies. This will include FHIR apps for providers, patients, and others. We will also present a framework for organizing FHIR use cases. One goal of this session is to further explore the idea of a set of freely available “reference apps” using FHIR that demonstrate a range of use cases.
12:30-1:30 Lunch Networking and a social activity with lunch provided
Afternoon Session: Guiding Development
Lindsey Kramer
Isaac Vetter
Kedar Ganta
GE Healthcare
David Stone
Panel: Industry FHIR
Panelists from EMR vendors will discuss how they support customers and third party developers in using FHIR and related technologies. A commercial developer will discuss the shift from message-based to API-based development, and its implications for their business.
Breakout Session 1

Breakout Session Descriptions
  • Terminology & Modeling
    • Discussion Leaders: Stan Huff and John Gennari
  • Standards Development: How do we actually get the standards we need?
    • Discussion Leaders: Bob Freimuth and Ken Kawamoto
  • Patient Engagement
    • Discussion Leaders: Andrea Hartzler and Donna Berry
  • App showcase
3:30-3:45 Break
Breakout Session 2

Breakout Session Descriptions
  • FDA Law
    • Discussion Leaders: Cindy Jacobs and Erik Van Eaton
  • API Management & Security
    • Discussion Leader: Kevin Swank
  • Population Queries and Aggregated Statistics with FHIR
    • Discussion Leaders: Harold Solbrig
4:45-5:15 Workshop Ends Those interested in continued FHIR activities with a regional focus are welcome to join the conference organizers for a brief planning meeting.

Lead Organizations

  • University of Washington FHIR group
  • Health Systems Platform Consortium (HSPC)

Organizing Committee

  • Bill Lober MD MS, Sean Mooney PhD, Andrea Hartzler PhD
  • University of Washington Faculty
  • Tim Bergquist, Piotr Mankowski, Maggie Dorr
  • PhD Students, UW Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Laura Heermann Langford PhD RN, Stan Huff MD
  • Healthcare Services Platform Consortium


  • UW Institute for Translational Health Sciences
  • UW Dept of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

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