This course has been redeveloped specially for delivery over a videoconferencing service such as GoToMeeting or Zoom. Although aimed primarily at the UK, attendees are welcome from the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The language of the course will be English.


The course will take place over 4 half days, normally Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of a single week. Sessions will run from 0930 to 1300 on these days, with a half hour break mid-morning.

Summary of course content

This training course offers a hands-on overview of the content of the HL7 FHIR standard.

Who Should Attend

This training course is aimed at those involved with the design, development, implementation, deployment and support of systems that use (or will use) the HL7 FHIR standard.

Goals of the Course

On completion of this training course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the key principles underlying the FHIR methodology.
  • Describe the characteristics and contents of the core FHIR information models.
  • Understand how to fully use the documentation, and how to reach out to other experts and implementers.
  • Explain how FHIR may be used in different interoperability paradigms (REST, messaging, e-documents, services).
  • Explain the relationship between FHIR and related standards (e.g. HL7 CDA/HL7 v2/IHE XDS).
  • Build upon hands-on experience with FHIR gained during the training course.
  • Help their organization to determine if, when, where and how they might implement FHIR.


The attendees are assumed to be familiar with:

  • XML or JSON, as well as web-infrastructure protocols.
  • Although not a requirement, knowledge of HL7 version 2 and/or HL7 version 3 will be helpful in understanding the material.
  • General principles of data modeling.
  • General software development principles like object orientation, databases, layered software design.

Note: the agenda is subject to change; there are additional exercises beyond those shown below.

Requirements for the day

  • Please use a machine on which you have administrator access
  • Install an HTTP tool such as Postman (recommended), or Fiddler (help will be given but some practice with these tools will be useful on the day)
  • To edit FHIR data as files, a schema-aware XML (or JSON) editor is very useful, but not essential (e.g. Microsoft Code, Oxygen XML (free trial available), Notepad++ and suitable plugins.


  • Introduction
    • Overview of FHIR
    • Resources, extensions
    • Datatypes and primitives
    • Contents of the FHIR distribution
    • The RESTful design philosophy
  • Domain: Patient demographics
    • Exercise: Patient demographics
  • CRUD, REST, HTTP verbs and Operations
  • Exercise: Requesting/Updating a Patient Resource
  • Introduction to Profiling
  • Resource Bundles
    • References
    • Transactions
    • Exercise: Search and Bundles
  • Use-case: SMART, an app development framework (optional)
  • Architectures and Interoperability Paradigms
    • Messaging, Documents, REST and Services
  • Extensions
    • Simple extensions, complex extensions, Basic resource
    • Exercise: Extensions
  • Use-case: CDS Hooks, clinical decision support (optional)
  • Search methodology
    • Exercise: search
  • Terminologies
  • Security and FHIR (optional)
  • Summary and recommendations

Course Materials

Each participant will be provided with handouts containing all materials covered in the training as well as other support materials. The participants will also receive a copy of the latest version of the FHIR specification.

Tutor: Rik Smithies (and/or other tutors).


Standard: £1095

NHS or HL7 UK member: £985

NHS and HL7 UK member £890

(All prices plus VAT)

By booking the course, you agree to accept the Terms and Conditions.