NCTS FHIR Connect-athon Event Update

Posted by Rebbecca Matthews. 17 February, 2016.



Over 50 developers attended the first combined National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), HL7 Australia and CSIRO sponsored Terminology Connectathon in Brisbane. 

NEHTA, CSIRO and HL7 Australia hope to foster use of FHIR and terminology services as a foundation for interoperability as well as create a community of practice within Australia.troduce the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) and its use of the Health Level Seven (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) specification. 


  A broad cross section of the community from jurisdictions, primary and acute software vendors, systems integrators, consultants, vendors, standards developers, public and private health care organisations attended.  Presenters included Nat Wong (Chair HL7 Australia), Grahame Grieve (HL7 Product Director for FHIR), Michael Lawley (CSIRO), Reuben Daniels and Andy Bond (both from NEHTA).

The two days provided attendees with information about the HL7 FHIR specification, the NCTS functionality and work program, and provided an opportunity for implementers to provide feedback. 


Building on the success of the first Connectathon, NEHTA, HL7 Australia and CSIRO are planning the next event in the series, currently scheduled for 18 and 19 May 2016. The aim of this event will be to introduce new NCTS functionality, and provide the first Draft for External Consultation versions of the NCTS Technical Specifications.

For more information on CSIRO and the CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre, see and https://aehrc.comNEHTA is also holding a series of webinars on the NCTS over the next three months. To register interest in the Connectathon or for further information on the NCTS please email

For more information on FHIR see


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