The Challenge

UK and international research priorities assume the use of large data sets and artificial intelligence tools, especially in health. Data interoperability is crucial to achieve this. Industry is looking for people with the skills to deliver this. This competition will help students gain those skills.

HL7® is the leading global authority on standards for interoperability of health information systems. The latest HL7 standard is called FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, pronounced “fire”). FHIR has been widely adopted by industry and healthcare provider organisations, including NHS Digital. This competition is to develop a demonstrator solution using artefacts from the FHIR Clinical Reasoning module for a specified clinical use case.

The Teams

The competition is open to home/EU or international students at UK universities who are enrolled on an undergraduate computing course (any year, any degree within a computing or software engineering department) or a health informatics Master’s degree. We require students to form groups of three (not more or less) to participate. For students seeking additional collaborators, we will provide a LinkedIn group to facilitate “match-making”. We encourage multi-institutional collaboration involving 2-3 universities, but this is not a requirement. One student from a non-UK university may be included if they otherwise meet the criteria. Teams must report in their final submission how they have applied equality and diversity principles in their formation and performance.

The Prize

The prize for the winning team will be an all-expenses-paid trip to FHIR DevDays 2020 in Amsterdam run by This includes 3 days at the event along with flights and accommodation and the opportunity to develop, learn, network and explore opportunities with the world’s leading FHIR specialists. This is a marvellous chance for students looking to work in healthcare software engineering. The sponsors are InterSystems and the computational platform is kindly provided by Amazon Web Services.

The Timescales

  • Registration opens: 8 January 2020
  • Registration closes: 14 February 2020
  • Teams confirm intention to submit: 28 February 2020
  • Submission deadline: 2300 BST, 30 April 2020
  • Shortlisted teams notified: 8 May 2020
  • Final hack day and awards ceremony (London): 9 June 2020
  • Winners attend FHIR Dev Days (Amsterdam): November 2020

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