• March 27 - 30, 2017, San Francisco

    2017 Joint Summits

HL7-AMIA Datathon: Informatics in the Age of FHIR®

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

$325 for Members (AMIA or HL7)
$425 for Non-Members

The HL7-AMIA Datathon will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Joint Summits on Translational Science. While it is located on the premises of the Parc 55 hotel, it is a separate event and requires a separate registration.


  • Corey Spears, Lead Facilitator: Datathon Administrative Lead
  • Jason Walonoski, Topic Lead: Accessing Health Data via the FHIR API
  • Chris Grenz, Topic Lead: Analytical Services and Data Access: (e.g. SQL on FHIR)
  • Rob Hausam, Topic Lead: Terminology Services

The HL7-AMIA Datathon is designed to provide attendees with technical skills to evaluate and use the FHIR standard to support research and discovery. This will be an intense day of hands-on, heads down development, working directly with other workshop participants as well as senior members of the FHIR standards development team. The Datathon is a chance to get your hands dirty and learn by doing to directly experience the unique features and extraordinary promise of FHIR.

This Datathon will provide an introduction to the use of HL7® FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) to access clinical data to support informatics research activities and allow participants to evaluate how FHIR can support research. Examples of research questions that could be explored include:

  • Can you find patients in the test data set that match eligibility criteria for a clinical trial?
  • Can you match phenotypic characteristics of a patient (medications, demographics, problem lists, physical examination findings, labs, etc) to identify patients who might be good candidates for genetic testing?
  • Can you link demographic and GPS information to determine possible clustering of diseases or of risk factors?

A FHIR Datathon is an opportunity for researchers, analysts and implementers to actively participate in developing FHIR solutions and exchange data using FHIR interfaces. This Datathon is not a formal tutorial, but instead a hands-on working session where participants will use FHIR to explore informatics topics with simulated clinical data. Attendees will be expected to come prepared with a computer that includes development tools, and to have reviewed materials in advance to come ready to code. There will be a brief set of introductory presentations introducing the Datathon approach and environment. Afterwards, attendees will be divided into small teams at separate tables to explore specific, short projects that will involve the use of FHIR with analytics tools for exploring specific topics of interest in the informatics world.  

Participation in the Datathon will be as part of one of several tracks organized by the individual research themes. Registrants will be contacted prior to the event regarding advance work, intended scenarios/themes, platforms and other information. Participants will be asked to confirm which track they wish to follow a few days in advance of the event (based on their level of readiness as well as area of interest). Details on the scenarios and tracks as well as information on pre-Datathon discussion forums will be posted in advance.

Program Plan:

  1. Brief opening presentations
    • Introductory overview to FHIR Datathons
    • Using the FHIR API to access health data
    • Understanding the Test Data Environment
    • Analytics for Research on FHIR
    • Using Terminology with FHIR
    • The research challenge themes
  2. Breakouts in teams to explore research challenge themes
  3. Hands on, heads down development with FHIR
  4. Group report backs
  5. Summary and concluding remarks