Boston DevDays 2018

In June this year, there will be the first FHIR DevDays in the United States – in Boston.

For those unfamiliar with DevDays (Developer Days), this is a 3 day event simply crammed with FHIR activities – from educational presentations to ‘Connectathon’ type testing to just enjoying the community (and maybe a beer or two…) .

While primarily aimed at a technical audience, the event is evolving to include clinical streams. In fact, last year I attended FHIR DevDays in Amsterdam to guide the clinical track. We talked about using FHIR in clinical scenarios and how tools like clinFHIR support designing the datamodels for these scenarios.

Although the majority of participants for DevDays are developers, of course (they don’t call it devdays for no reason…), it’s great to see the increase in non-coding attendees, some of whom with a clinical or business analysis background.

The nice thing about DevDays is the mix of tutorials and putting the tutorials to practice during the hands-on sessions. In the tutorials I explained the theory and demoed the tools. Then, at the hands-on tables, the participants of the clinical track opened their laptops and worked on the use-case and exercises. This year, at the first edition of DevDays in Boston, Viet Nguyen will provide the clinical track. We are in close collaboration to add new stuff to the track, based on the latest insights in the FHIR community.

So while I can’t be there this time, I’m sure that Viet will do a great job – raising the bar for me next time!

So join the community and learn more about FHIR!

And finally, a serious video explaining DevDays in more detail (Thanks to Wayne Kubick for sharing this – created by the Dev Days Student Track  team for University of Pennsylvania, Wharton.)…

About David Hay
I'm an independent contractor working with a number of Organizations in the health IT space. I'm an HL7 Fellow, Chair Emeritus of HL7 New Zealand and a co-chair of the FHIR Management Group. I have a keen interest in health IT, especially health interoperability with HL7 and the FHIR standard. I'm the author of a FHIR training and design tool - clinFHIR - which is sponsored by InterSystems Ltd.

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