HL7 FHIR Datathon

HL7 FHIR®Datathon

“Healthcare Informatics in the Age of FHIR®

Monday, 23 October 2017 10:00-18:00 Place: Purifier Building 2

Registration Deadline: October 12th, 2017

Places are limited. Priority shall be given to Greek HL7 affiliate members’ registrations.





  • Rob Hausam, Topic Lead: Terminology Services
  • Rik Smithies, Topic Lead: HL7 FHIR
  • Nikos Kyriakoulakos, Topic HL7 FHIR


This Datathon will provide an introduction to the use of HL7® FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) to access clinical data to support informatics research activities and allow participants to evaluate how FHIR can support research. Examples of research questions that could be explored include:

  • Can you find patients in the test data set that match eligibility criteria for a clinical trial?
  • Can you match phenotypic characteristics of a patient (medications, demographics, problem lists, physical examination findings, labs, etc.) to identify patients who might be good candidates for genetic testing?
  • Can you link demographic and GPS information to determine possible clustering of diseases or of risk factors?


A FHIR Datathon is an opportunity for researchers, analysts and implementers to actively participate in developing FHIR solutions and exchange data using FHIR interfaces. This Datathon is not a formal tutorial, but instead a hands-on working session where participants will use FHIR to explore informatics topics with simulated clinical data.

Attendees will be expected to come prepared to with a computer that includes development tools, and to have reviewed materials in advance to come ready to code. There will be a brief set of introductory presentations introducing the Datathon approach and tool environments. Afterwards, attendees will be divided into small teams at separate tables to explore specific, short projects that will involve the use of FHIR with analytics tools for exploring specific topics of interest in the informatics world.

The HL7 FHIR® Datathon is designed to provide attendees with technical skills to evaluate and use the FHIR® standard to support research and discovery. This will be an intense day of hands-on, heads down development, working directly with other workshop participants as well as senior members of the FHIR standards development team. The Datathon is a chance to get your hands dirty and learn by doing to directly experience the unique features and extraordinary promise of FHIR®.

Participation in the Datathon will be part of one of several tracks organized by the individual research themes. Registrants will be contacted prior to the event regarding advance work, intended scenarios/themes, platforms and other information. Participants will be asked to confirm which track they wish to follow a few days in advance of the event (based on their level of readiness as well as area of interest).

Details on the scenarios and tracks as well as information on pre-Datathon discussion will be posted in advance to the registered participants.

The Datathon is part of the special program defined at the International HL7 Interoperability Conference on raising adoption and awareness on HL7 FHIR®.


Datathon Preliminary Program Plan:

1. Brief opening presentations

a. Introductory overview to FHIR Datathons

b. Using the FHIR® API to access health data

c. Understanding the Test Data Environment

d. Analytics for Research on FHIR

e. Using Terminology with FHIR

f. The research challenge themes

2. Breakouts in teams to explore research challenge themes

3. Hands on, heads down development with FHIR

4. Group report backs

5. Summary and concluding remarks


Under the auspices of

Greek Free Open Source Society