The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Presents
CONNECTATHON 2, a Virtual Event

July 20 - 22, 2021

10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Access the Connectathon through Whova here.

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The goals for this event are to:

  • Educate interested parties at CMS and within the health IT community about HL7 FHIR, FHIR implementation guides (IGs) and their real-world uses.

  • Support impacted stakeholders as they comply with the CMS and ONC interoperability rules.

  • Engage providers, payers, and partners to join the growing collaborative FHIR community and directly access associated free and open resources.

Please note: The purpose of a Connectathon event is to engage in testing of the FHIR specification and implementations. While the FHIR Community thrives on perpetual learning, this environment demands preparation to participate in technical discussions, code review, and testing of a reference implementation or your own FHIR-based system. It is expected that by registering for this event you have adequately prepared by reviewing the FHIR specification and any artifacts specified on the track page, attended all participant information sessions, and established a connection with your track through the Track Kick Off or other work sessions.

Participant Check List

  1. Register for the Connectathon before the July 1st Deadline.
  2. Review the Connectathon Track List below and visit Track Pages to learn more.
  3. Complete the HL7 Pre Connectathon Survey to designate which track you want to participate in.
  4. Attend the Participant Information Session on Thursday, July 8th at 4:00 PM ET.
  5. Read the Connectathon version of the FHIR Specification and the FHIR home page to become familiar with FHIR concepts.
  6. Attend your Track Kick Off Call in July!

Participant Key Dates:

7/1/21Registration CLOSESBe sure you have completed your Pre Connectathon Survey to select a track before this date!
7/8/21  4:00 PM ETParticipant Information Session for Attendees

Info Session Recording


7/20/21 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Intro to FHIR

FHIR Testing & Tools

CMS Policy Sessions

 Learn about FHIR and come to understand how the Interoperability Rules tie into which FHIR Implementation Guides.
7/21-22/21 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join your Connectathon Track!

10:30 - 11:30 Implemention Guide Overview

11:30 - 12:30 Explore the Reference Implementation

12:30 - 1:30   Industry Panel

1:30 - 3:30    Build / Test / Validate

2:30 - 4:15    Technology in Action

4:15 - 5:00    Education on upcoming policies

Find the full detailed agenda in Whova after July 1st once you have registered to attend the event.

Track Lead Check List

  1. Track pages need to be updated by June 15th. Please contact Sandy Vance if you have questions.
  2. Review the Key Dates Below
  3. Schedule your track Kick Off Call (previously Track Orientation) between July 5 and July 17, 2021.
  4. Designate a helper who can manage Q&A during the event, answer questions and help with Zoom hosting.

Track Lead Key Dates:


6/1/21  3:00 PM ET

CMS Connectathon 2 Track Lead Kick Off



6/15/21Track Page Confluence Updates Complete

6/15/21 4:00 PM ET

Track Lead Check In



7/1/21Registration CLOSES

7/6/21 4:00 PM ET

Track Lead Check In

Meeting Link


7/8/21  4:00 PM ETParticipant Information Session for Attendees

Meeting Link



Day 1 Information Session Slides DuePlease email slides to
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