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NHS Digital proof of concept Terminology server connectathon 2 - 3 April 2019

Tuesday 2 April 2019 - Wednesday 3 April 2019
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
1 St Blaise way, Valley road, Bradford BD1 4YL View Map


A technology focused event to:

  • introduce the NHS Digital Proof of Concept terminology server and its use of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) specification
  • gather input on further development of the specifications and infrastructure for the NHS Digital Terminology Server. This includes feedback on the planned functionality as well as understanding the priority functionality that implementers require
  • develop a community of interest to enable participation in the future development of the service.

2 April 2019

Connectathon day 1 10.00 - 17.00pm

Morning - plenary 

  • introduction to HL7 FHIR®, the FHIR® terminology resources, and the FHIR® terminology service
  • adoption and use of FHIR
  • overview of existing FHIR terminology Server functionality
  • overview of the NHS Digital proof of concept
  • case study – NHS data dictionary code lists


  • hands-on coding and testing
  • access to FHIR, Terminology, and subject matter experts.

3 April 2019  

Connectathon day 2 9.00 - 16.00pm

Hands on coding and testing

Access to FHIr, terminology and subject matter experts

Demonstration of software built during the Connectathon

Opportunity to provide input into the NHS Digital's use of FHIR and feedback in priority functionality.

What to do before the Connectathon

Themes: (Note that there is some fludity on themes, dependent upon delegates' needs)

The following tracks (mini development projects) will be supported at the Connectathon:

Theme 1: Theme 1: Create a FHIR value set and upload it to a FHIR Server

Theme 2: Implement use of FHIR terminology service operation in a user interface 

Theme 3: Update your own software application to use any of the NHS Digital supported FHIR terminology service operations 

Examples include: 

  • Constructing some example ValueSets / ConceptMaps
  • building a simple data-entry interface with ValueSet $expand and filter
  • connecting the data entry fields of your existing software to the FHIR terminology service using ValueSet $expand and filter.

In advance

Read the following sections from the HL7 FHIR specification

  • Base resource definitions
  • FHIR ValueSet and FHIR ConceptMap resource definitions
  • FHIR terminology service
  • Using SNOMED CT with FHIR
  • Consider the Connectathon Themes in which you wish to participate
  • Ensure you have all your development tools and resources available to use the Connectathon

Prepare your development tools and resources for participation e.g. creating test data, initiating a development project in your Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

HL7 FHIR Specification (DSTU2)

HL7 FHIR Terminology Service:(DSTU2)

What you need to bring to the Connectathon

  • A laptop with your software development tools, specifications,
  • Questions regarding the FHIR terminology service and terminology focused FHIR resources
  • Questions regrading use of the terminology server.