National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - 10 and 11 February, 2016

NEHTA, HL7 Australia and CSIRO held a successful Connectathon with over 50 developers in February.

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Over 50 developers attended the first combined National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), HL7 Australia and CSIRO sponsored Terminology Connectathon in Brisbane. The aim of the event was to introduce the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) and its use of the Health Level Seven (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) specification.

NEHTA, CSIRO and HL7 Australia hope to foster use of FHIR and terminology services as a foundation for interoperability as well as create a community of practice within Australia.

Connectathon Attendees 1

A broad cross section of the community from jurisdictions, primary and acute software vendors, systems integrators, consultants, vendors, standards developers, public and private health care organisations attended. Presenters included Nat Wong (Chair HL7 Australia), Grahame Grieve (HL7 Product Director for FHIR), Michael Lawley (CSIRO), Reuben Daniels and Andy Bond (both from NEHTA).

Connectathon Attendees 2

The two days provided attendees with information about the HL7 FHIR specification, the NCTS functionality and work program, and provided an opportunity for implementers to provide feedback.

Connectathon Attendees 3

HL7 Chair Nat Wong

Building on the success of the first Connectathon, NEHTA, HL7 Australia and CSIRO are planning the next event in the series, currently scheduled for 18 and 19 May 2016. The aim of this event will be to introduce new NCTS functionality, and provide the first Draft for External Consultation versions of the NCTS Technical Specifications.


For further information on the NCTS please email [email protected]