FHIR Overview

FHIR North Conference Overview- October 16

Now in its fifth year of operation, the annual FHIR North conference is a "must attend" for all Canadian Health IT enthusiasts.

Detail-oriented? Keep scrolling for a full schedule of the day.

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FHIR Academy

FHIR Academy is an in-depth look at the best practices and lessons learned for the usage of FHIR, here in Canada and around the world. FHIR Academy presentations help audience members connect how maturing health IT standards and technologies are uniquely positioned to solve challenges in interoperability that are occurring at a local, provincial, national, and global level.

This year's FHIR Academy includes panels and presentations by HL7 International, ISO TC215 Canadian Delegation, IHE, the Joint Initiative Council, Infoway, eHealth Ontario, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences, and more!

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FHIR Code Camp | Essentials

New to using the HL7© Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard? Interested in collaborating with others who are interested in "hacking" the same problems as you? The Essentials track of FHIR CodeCamp is a great place to learn the fundamentals of FHIR. Try out a suite of tools available to help you build, test, and validate your projects with the hands-on support of our vendor partners.

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FHIR Code Camp | Advanced

Ready to dive deeper into topics like profiling, SMART-on-FHIR, FHIRcast, and Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Hooks? Join us for the FHIR CodeCamp Advanced sessions where you'll get the chance to workshop with world-renowned FHIR experts in sessions that will continue to grow and strengthen your knowledge of FHIR.

Code Camp Speakers

Keynote Speaker Lloyd Mckenzie

Lloyd McKenzie
Senior Consultant, Gevity Consulting Inc.
Consultant, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Lloyd McKenzie is one of the initial team-members that helped to define the FHIR specification and is a co-chair of the HL7 FHIR Management Group, the FHIR Infrastructure Work Group and the Modeling and Methodology work groups. More importantly, Lloyd is a passionate member of the FHIR community, helping to teach, guide, maintain tools for and otherwise and support FHIR implementers throughout the world. When he's not busy doing volunteer FHIR work, Lloyd also serves as a senior consultant with Gevity.


Speaker James Agnew

James Agnew
Head Geek & CTO, SmileCDR

James has 15 years of experience in healthcare software development, architecture, and in development management. He has extensive experience in developing interoperability solutions, healthcare data capture and visualization software, and most recently mobile medical apps. He is a member and co-chair of HL7, and an editor of the HL7 FHIR standard. He is also the project lead for the HAPI Project, and smiles a lot.

Sheridan Cook

Sheridan Cook
Management Consultant, Standards & Architecture, Gevity Consulting Inc.

Sheridan is an up-and-coming standards consultant with experience in both US and Canadian health IT markets. Prior to joining the Gevity Canada team, Sheridan worked as a Senior Solutions Analyst for the Michigan Health Information Network, where she led a portfolio of citizen access use cases and spearheaded a team that developed hyper-realistic synthetic test data for statewide and federal use cases. Since moving to the Great White North, Sheridan has put her love of standards to good use. Sheridan was responsible for developing FHIR Profiles, test messages, and initial IGuide for Infoway’s Pan-Canadian ACCESS project aimed at providing citizen and clinician access to laboratory and pharmaceutical information. Sheridan also helps facilitate the Canadian Core Profiling Workstream in their efforts to develop 24 FHIR R4 profiles that will be the baseline that future Canadian profiles are built on.


Speaker Richard Wang

Richard Wang
Vice President, Professional Services, iNTERFACEWARE Inc.

Speaker Biography Coming Soon!


Speaker Richard

Richard Ettema
Lead Consultant, AEGIS.Net, Inc. USA

Richard Ettema has more than three decades of experience in software architecture, engineering and consulting. His experience is in application architecture, agile methodologies and helping customers develop, implement and maintain best practices in enterprise software development. Richard has worked with small to large private organizations as well as large government organizations developing health care, health insurance, telecom, order entry, customer call tracking, inventory management and financial management applications. Richard is the author of AEGIS’ public FHIR test client and server, WildFHIR; Senior Architect and Project Lead for AEGIS’ FHIR Testing Platform, Touchstone.


Speaker Tim Berezny

Tim Berezny
Co-Founder & CTO, Caredove

Tim Berezny is the co-founder and CTO of Caredove, an online eReferral platform used by clinicians and patients to connect with homecare and community health services. Tim takes a system design engineering approach to tackling problems at the intersection of healthcare processes and technology. Tim is currently the co-chair of the Canadian FHIR eReferral specification working group, working with industry partners to make FHIR and SMART on FHIR interoperability a reality for eReferrals.


FHIR Academy Speakers

Attila Farkas

Attila Farkas
Director Product Engineering and Operations, Canada Health Infoway

With over 20 years of business and technical experience in the field of health information technology, Attila is part of the broader ACCESS Health Infoway team working on developing the next generation platform to bringing care and access to health information closer to home. Previously involved in setting strategic direction for use and development using FHIR, Attila has a deep understanding for using HIT standards and their role in clinical interoperability and implementation guidance.


Speaker Michael Nusbaum

Michael Nusbaum
President, MH Nusbaum & Associates Ltd.

Michael Nusbaum (BASc, MHSA, FHIMSS) is a senior strategist, advisor and thought leader, with more than 35 years of experience devoted exclusively to healthcare.  With a background in health services administration and Industrial Engineering, Michael provides a unique blend of management consulting services to health authorities, governments, hospitals, vendors and professional associations in Canada, the US and around the world.

Michael is considered an international expert in healthcare standards & interoperability, and represents Canada on the ISO’s Technical Committee for Health Informatics.  Michael is a director on a number of industry boards, including HIMSS-North America (Vice-Chair) and IHE International, and has had academic appointments at 4 Canadian universities.

As current Chair of the Joint Initiatve Council, representing 9 international health care SDO’s, Michael is leading a xSDO initiative to create an IHE Profile for the International Patient Summary, extending the work to date with the goal of furthering global implementation.


Speaker Micky Tripathi

Micky Tripathi
President and CEO Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative

Mr. Tripathi is the president and CEO of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, a non-profit health IT advisory and clinical data analytics company. Micky is also active in the industry at a local and national level, including being on the Board of Directors of the New England Health Exchange Network (NEHEN), the Sequoia Project, the CARIN Alliance, and the FHIR Foundation and the Project Manager of the Argonaut Project, an industry collaboration to accelerate the adoption of FHIR. He is also an Affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Prior to joining MAeHC, Micky was a Manager in the Boston office of the Boston Consulting Group, a leading strategy, and management consulting firm. While at BCG, he served as the founding President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, an Indianapolis-based non-profit company partnered with the Regenstrief Institute to create a state-wide health information infrastructure in the state of Indiana. As a manager in BCG’s health care practice, Micky also served a variety of US and international clients in the non-profit sector as well as in the bioinformatics, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he was a senior operations research analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC, for which he received the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.


Speaker Alexander Henket

Alexander Henket
HL7 Lead, Nictiz

Speaker Biography coming soon!


Speaker Elizabeth Keller

Elizabeth Keller
Vice President, Product Strategy & Delivery, OntarioMD

Elizabeth Keller has been working in the digital health field for over 20 years. She is a respected senior executive leader who engages clients and stakeholders, leads teams, and initiates change. Elizabeth has successfully delivered programs and projects for national and provincial governments and health care organizations. .

Elizabeth Keller is currently the Vice-President Product Strategy & Delivery for OntarioMD (OMD). In her role as VP, she is responsible for the Ontario provincial roll-out of a comprehensive suite of digital health services to improve the physician and patient experience, functionality and usage of digital health tools. Elizabeth’s work has been recognized at the national level as OntarioMD was recently awarded 3 national Canadian Health Informatics Awards for products and services within her portfolio.  Before moving to OntarioMD, Elizabeth was a Senior Consultant with both IBM & PwC.

At the international level, Elizabeth is Vice-Head for the Canadian Delegation to ISO TC 215 (Health Informatics) for the Standards Council of Canada. She has also worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva and with top global standards experts to develop an action plan for improving standards awareness and adoption in emerging and developing countries.


Speaker Derek Ritz

Derek Ritz
Principle Consultant, ecGroup Inc.

Derek Ritz is the principal consultant at ecGroup Inc., a Canadian professional services firm that provides advisory services to domestic and international public and private sector clients regarding digital health strategy, architecture, standards, implementation and adoption. He has been an advisor to national-scale digital health infrastructure projects in Canada and in over a dozen countries in southern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Derek is Canada’s Liaison to IHE International, a FHIR Foundation founder, and a delegate of Canada to ISO/TC215 (Health Informatics). In addition to his consulting work, Derek teaches graduate-level courses in health informatics at the University of Edinburgh, has authored and co-authored multiple books and articles on digital health interoperability, and is an active contributor to a donor-funded project, OpenHIE, whose mission is to “improve the health of the underserved through the open, collaborative development and support of country driven, large scale health information sharing architectures.


FHIR Academy Moderators

Moderator Gavin Tong

Gavin Tong
Senior Director, ITS Canada East, Gevity Consulting Inc.

Gavin is an industry thought leader in Health Informatics. He has spoken at numerous conferences and has published dozens of articles in industry journals, trade magazines, and newsletters. Gavin is passionate about the creation of interoperable systems that provide the information needed to achieve the triple of aim care – improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and lowering the per capita costs of care.


Moderator Ron Parker

Ron Parker
Principal Consultant, Parker Digital Health Consulting Inc

Ron has 32 years of experience in meeting the business needs of health and social services enterprises through digitally-enabling administrative and clinical processes, work flows, and systems. He is the sole proprietor of Parker Digital Health Consulting (DHC) Inc., where he is a sub-contractor to the Veterans Health Administration and works with two UN Agencies promoting the use of digital health platforms in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to forming Parker DHC, Ron was employed with Canada Health Infoway Inc. (Infoway) for 15 years. In his years with Infoway, Ron worked as lead enterprise architect and accountable director for Infoway’s Digital Health Blueprint and its predecessor, the EHR Solutions Blueprint v2. He also led the team that established the pan-Canadian Standards Collaborative. The Collaborative included public and private sector organizations, associations, and individual members who contributed to the development, adoption, and implementation of health informatics standards across Canada.

Ron is well known to the international health informatics and interoperability standards communities. He has been a Canadian contributor to the ISO Health Informatics community, known as ISO Technical Committee 215. He has over 15 years of participation in HL7 International, including roles as co-chair of the HL7 Architecture Review Board, and Chair of the initial FHIR Governance Board. He is currently the Chair of the HL7 Canada Affiliate.


Detailed Schedule

When Overview
Registration 7:45-8:45

(1 hour)

Welcome & Opening Remarks 8:45-9:00

(15 min)

Learn more about the emerging initiatives in healthcare and how FHIR can help with Gavin Tong of Gevity & Brian VanOosten of Mohawk College's MEDIC.
Landscape Overview: Ontario Health Teams (OHT)  9:00-9:30

(30 min)

What are OHT and how will they impact us?
FHIR & the Big Picture 9:30-10:00

(30 min)

We'll provide an overview of FHIR concepts and how they help tackle complex, inter-organizational, inter-jurisdictional and international problems.
FHIR as an Amplifier 10:00-10:30

(30 min)

What you need to know about FHIR as an amplifier for existing applications with Lloyd McKenzie of Gevity.
Expectations for FHIR North 10:30-10:35

(5 min)

Before moving into your breakout sessions, we will share how you can maximize the value of FHIR North.
Networking Break 10:35-11:00

(25 min)

Breakout Sessions 11:00-12:00

(1 hour)

FHIR Academy

  • eHealth Ontario/Ontario Health Proof of Concept with applications of FHIR
  • FHIR as a Platform for Pan-Canadian Standardization

Code Camp | Essentials

  • Code Camp Format Explanation
  • FHIR for Beginners and Guided Exercises

Code Camp | Advanced

  • FHIR Profiling
Lunch 12:00-1:00

(1 hour)

Breakout Sessions 1:00-2:30

(90 min)

FHIR Academy

  • Global Panel: FHIR on the International Stage
  • Global Perspective: International Patient Summaries

Code Camp | Essentials

  • Building, Testing, Validating: Tooling Showcase
  • Mini-Sessions with FHIR Experts
  • Hacking Time & Open Access to Vendors

Code Camp | Advanced

  • SMART on FHIR Introduction & Deep Dive
  • CDS Hooks
Networking Break 2:30-3:00

(15 min)

Breakout Sessions 3:00-4:45

(105 min)

FHIR Academy

  • Leveraging Computable Care Guidelines to create a learning Health System

Code Camp | Essentials

  • Hacking Time & Open Access to Vendors

Code Camp | Advanced

  • CDS Hooks
Closing Remarks 4:45-5:00

(15 min)

*Schedule subject to change.