2020 UW FHIR® Conference

University of Washington, Seattle
In-Person Location: South Lake Union - Orin Smith Auditorium

or attend remotely via Zoom

September 11 - 12, 2020
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University of Washington FHIR® Conference

Dates and Location

September 11 - 12, 2020
Conference and FHIR Workshops

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

or attend remotely via Zoom

Parking and Transportation

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

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 event intended?

We invite faculty, staff, students, administrators, and software developers from clinical, research, and public health 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, research, and public health practice. 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 as well as research and public health settings.

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, public health, 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 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
  • I am interested in public health implementation

FHIR Workshop Agenda

Conference Theme: Data > Information > Evidence > Knowledge through FHIR

Symposium Session 1
Getting FHIRed Up: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Introduction to the workshop logistics, framework, and goals. Thoughts about FHIR innovation in academics, research, and public health practice.
FHIRing on all Cylinders: Public Health & Government Perspectives
FHIR initiatives and use cases in government and research for population health.
Fueling the FHIR: Updates and Challenges in a Global Perspective
A global health perspective on the future or FHIR, and what it will take to get there.
Break (15 min)
Panel Session 1
Use case: FHIR in Public Health
Example topics include Electronic case reporting, death reporting, opioids.
Panel Session 2
Use case: FHIR in Clinical Care and Implementation Science
Example topics include implementations across healthcare settings
Symposium Session 2
Quick FHIR Talks
Ten minute talks highlighting innovative FHIR projects
FHIR Breakout Sessions
Interactive topic-based discussions. Example topics include: FHIR-first Architectures, Genomics and FHIR, Terminology and Modelling, FDA, Law, and 21st Century Cures Act
Break (15 min)
Panel Session 3
Use case: FHIR Bridging Population Health and Clinical Care
Example topics include Clinical Decision Support and CQL, syndromic surveillance, patient-reported outcomes
Closing Remarks

2020 Quick FHIR talks

Call for Abstracts

The 2020 UW FHIR Workshop being held on September 11 - 12, 2020 is looking for abstract submissions from clinicians, developers, researchers, graduate students, and post-docs to present their FHIR-related work in the form of a Quick FHIR talk. These Quick FHIR talks will be limited to 3 slides and 5-7 minutes, with an additional 3-5 minutes for questions. These talks are not limited to clinical FHIR apps, but could include any research project, software development, clinical application, public health surveillance project, etc. that is using FHIR to interact with healthcare data.

Talk Content

The content of the slides must follow this structure:

Slide 1: Introduce the project: what are you doing, what is the target group, what is the function of the project/app?

Slide 2: How does FHIR enable the app; what does it allow you to do that you couldn’t otherwise accomplish? How is your app using FHIR, what parts is it using?

Slide 3: Choose one of the following:
- Governance. Who do you have buy-in from, how does your system monitor or manage your project
- Implementation. Are you actively studying or have you studied your app’s ability to be integrated into clinical workflow? What has been successful?
- Future of FHIR/your app. What does this enable or what opportunities does it create?


To apply, please fill out this application. You will need to submit an abstract (max 300 words). Please include at least a description of the contents for slide 1 and 2. If you are unsure of which choice you plan on using for slide 3, we are not requiring that description in the abstract.


Applications due: July 31, 2020 11:59 PST
Decisions emailed: August 21, 2020
Slides due: September 4, 2020 5:00 pm PST

Lead Organizations

  • University of Washington FHIR group
  • Washington State Department of Health

Organizing Committee

  • Bill Lober MD MS, Sean Mooney PhD
  • University of Washington Faculty
  • Tim Bergquist, Maggie Dorr MPH, Nick Reid MHI
  • PhD Students, UW Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Jenney Lee MA
  • University of Washington Research Staff
  • Bryant Karras MD, Chris Baumgartner
  • Washington Department of Health
  • Becky Lambpkins MPH
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists


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