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HL7 UK 2016 Roadshows

HL7 UK recently hosted roadshows in Manchester and London which focused on FHIR and real-world interoperability case studies and tutorials. Attendance at these events was FREE for both HL7 UK members and the public. 

With the launch of the Transfer of Care initiative by the HSCIC and NHS England, interoperability is becoming one of the leading IT issues for NHS organisations.  Yet many organisations are struggling to understand how the technical pieces fit together.

HL7 UKís latest series of Interoperability Roadshows provided an ideal opportunity for NHS IT and integration teams to gain valuable knowledge around the use of HL7 and IHE standards, including V2, XDS, CDA and FHIR, and understand how these support Transfer of Care and other integration projects.

Delegates also had the opportunity to engage with healthcare IT solution suppliers.

Below are zip files which contain presentations from the Roadshows

Manchester Presentations

London Presentations

When and Where

02 March 2016

The Christie Hospitals Education Centre, Manchester [map...]
Sponsored by CSC

06  April  2016 

NCVO (National Council Of Voluntary Organisations), London [map...]
Sponsored by Intersystems

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Welcome and Introduction - Health Level 7 (HL7) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) - what are they, and what do you need to know about them to underpin your trust's or company's strategy?


NHS Interoperability Case Study - Presented by the Prime Sponsor




HL7 and IHE in the NHS - This session reviews the current status of interoperability in the NHS, and the part played in it by the HL7 and IHE families of standards.  It will include discussions of the NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK), the Transfer of Care Initiative and Code4Health.


HL7 V2 - the nuts and bolts of interoperability - HL7 Version 2 is still the most widely used healthcare interoperability standard in the world - and in the NHS.  Nearly every trust in England will use it in one form or another, but its presence may not be obvious.


IHE - sharing images and documents - Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) has developed a set of standards that are complementary to those of HL7. The Cross-enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) is being used increasingly in the NHS for sharing images and EPR documents and is included in ITK.




HL7 CDA - sharing clinical documents between organisations - HL7 V2 is widely used to send small amounts of data between healthcare systems -eg lab results, patient demographics.  There is also a need to share complex clinical documents.  For this ITK Correspondence module specifies the use of the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) standard.


HL7 FHIR - Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR - pronounced "fire") is the new HL7 standard, combining the simplicity of HL7 V2 with the power of CDA.  Its biggest advantages are that it uses modern web technologies such as REST, JSON and XML - and it's completely free to use.  Interfaces that used to take weeks can now be developed much more quickly, using skills widely available on the IT market.


Q&A - The chance to ask the panel of speakers anything about healthcare interoperability.



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