Conference Report: HL7 FHIR Developer Days

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My name is Mahmoud Alakraa, I'm a Master’s degree student in Biomedical Engineering Sciences at UAS Technikum Wien. On  November 17, I participated on in the HL7® FHIR® Developer Days conference in Amsterdam. This conference revolves about FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources). That’s a next generation standards framework created by HL7. FHIR combines the best features of HL7's V2 HL7 V3 and CDA product lines while leveraging the latest web standards and applying a tight focus on implementability.

The project I presented in the conference was a Laboratory system based on HL7 FHIR standard. It’s a web application system built depending on HL7 FHIR standard specification connected to the centre FHIR server, this system has user interfaces, which provide the following options for users:

Lab Results retrieved and created by a care provider: the care givers can use this system to search, create and find medical reports for specific patients.

For the new patients, the care givers can create a report that contains all observations and diagnostic results. For old ones they can retrieve and update the reports.

Lab Results retrieved by a patient: for patients, the system offers to retrieve their reports and take a look for their results and for practitioners who did the results for them.
Lab Results made available by the lab: the system will be able to make all reports available for laboratory staff to operate the administrative aspects. They can create new reports containing all information related to the practitioners who did the measurements for patients.

This application uses PHP framework (YII), PHP FHIR library and is connected to the HapiFhir server. The project has achieved a real good success and earned the admiration of the organizers and the other participants. Our project was able to receive, read and send all FHIR reports from/to other participated groups in the conference.

We interacted with other groups in the conference and gained a lot of experience and new information while discussing and exchanging ideas and opinions with the organizers – the original creators of the HL7 FHIR standard – and with all participated students. This conference has given me new skills and knowledge, which I will be using in my Master thesis.

I would like to mention the great role of the staff at the Biomedical Engineering Sciences Master through the big support and helpful advices and tips that they have been giving me and all the useful courses that we have attended during our study!.