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FHIR® Overview training course

Number of Days: 2 day, 09:00 to 16:30. Your instructor is available during lunch and after 16:30 for informal discussions about your specific area of interest or applications.

Summary of course content: This training course offers a hands-on overview of the content of the HL7 FHIR standard. It also offers guidance on how to design, develop and test software that uses the HL7 FHIR interoperability standard, all the way from the wire-format up to validation and storage. The development process of new HL7 FHIR resources will not be touched upon.

Who Should Attend: This training course is aimed at those involved with the design, development, implementation, deployment and support of systems that use (or will use) the HL7 FHIR standard. Hands-on exercises teach how to access FHIR servers using attendees' laptops to read, write and query resource data.



19th - 20th October 2017


NCVO - London N1


09:30 -16:30


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Early Bird Booking Fees - apply upto one month before course

  • Standard £1030+VAT
  • HL7 UK member OR NHS Trust Employee £920+VAT
  • HL7 UK Member & NHS Trust employee £820+VAT

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Standard Delegate Fees:

  • Standard £1280+VAT
  • HL7 UK member OR NHS Trust Employee £1150+VAT
  • HL7 UK Member & NHS Trust employee £1030+VAT

Goals of the training course: 

Upon completion of this training course, attendees will be able to: 

  • Explain the key principles underlying FHIR.
  • Explain the relationship between FHIR and related standards (e.g. HL7 CDA/HL7 v2/IHE XDS).
  • Describe the characteristics and contents of the core FHIR information models.
  • Help their organization to determine if, when, where and how they might implement FHIR
  • Understand how FHIR aligns with REST, object-oriented and other common software-engineering principles.
  • Compare strategies for using relational or document-oriented storage, validation and use of XML and Json.
  • Getting hands-on experience with FHIR.


The attendees are assumed to be familiar with:

  • XML, Json and web-infrastructure protocols,
  • Although not a requirement, knowledge of HL7 version 2 and/or HL7 version 3 will be helpful in understanding the material,
  • Knowledge of .NET or Java platform is helpful, because some of the exercises will be done in either C# or Java. Should you not have knowledge of either platform, then you will be asked to partner with another attendee.
  • General principles of data modelling,
  • General software development principles like object orientation, databases, layered software design.
  • Software implementation of those components

Agenda day 1:

  • Introduction
    Overview of FHIR
    Resources, extensions
    The RESTful design philosophy
  • Exercise: Requesting a patient resource
  • Deconstructing FHIR data
    Datatypes and primitives
  • Use-case driven example: Person demographics, with extensions
  • Contents of the FHIR distribution
  • More on REST
    Bundles, HTTP verbs
    Conformance profile
  • Implementation aspects
    Multiple wire formats (JSON, XML)
    Implementation Examples, Searching
  • The FHIR Operations Framework
  • Updating metadata: Tags, Security Tags and implicitRules
    Exercise: Updating metadata on resources
  • Exercise: Upload final document and call profile validation
  • Agenda day 2:

  • Contained Resources
    Exercise: Add a contained resource
  • Terminology Resources
  • Paradigms revisited: Document, Messages, REST
    Subscription mechanism, End Points
    Exercise: create/upload a document to a server
  • Use-case driven example: clinical document
  • Profiling FHIR
    Constraining resources to match your usecase
    Extensions and definitions of extensions
    Conformance Resources
  • Exercise: modify bundle and call profile validation
  • Use-case driven example: Laboratory orders and results
  • Summary and recommendations
    V2 messages, V3 CDA, IHE XDS and FHIR

Course Materials: Each participant will be provided with handouts containing all materials covered in the training as well as other support materials. The participants will also receive a copy of the latest version of the FHIR specification.

Faculty: Ewout Kramer, Mirjam Baltus,(and/or other tutors, depending on the location and language of the training course).

    Standard Delegate fees

    • Standard £1280+VAT
    • HL7 UK member OR NHS Trust Employee £1150+VAT
    • HL7 UK Member & NHS Trust employee £1030+VAT

    Fees cover course materials, lunch and refreshments. All fees subject to 20% VAT. 

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