HL7 FHIR Connectathon, 2020

Health Informatics Office (HIO) staff successfully completed integration testing as part of the Public Health Informatics staff at the 2020 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Connectathon.  The FHIR Connectathon provides an opportunity for implementers and developers to assess and test FHIR specifications to promote system interoperability. HIO was one of seven state health departments to test standards around death reporting and was only one of two health departments to test standards around birth and fetal death reporting. Participation in the Connectathon has better positioned the HIO to the ability to complete FHIR related activities in several National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) task orders. Also, it proved the capability of the HIO staff to implement the Vital Records Birth and Fetal Death Reporting (BFDR) FHIR implementation guide (IG) which is integral to the competitive BFDR task order which focuses on facilitating increased interoperability between Intermountain Healthcare’s HER and the electronic birth registration system.