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Clinical Leaders

Stephen Chu (Australian Digital Health Agency)

Other Contributors


FHIR Liaisons



Clinicians-on-FHIR have clinical governance and clinical quality assurance functions 

      Main activities include:

  1.  Clinically validate FHIR Resources
  2.  Provide Clinical Expertise to the Technical Connectathon
  3.  Educate and evangelize to other clinicians about FHIR

FHIR clinical quality assurance (QA) Activities - Resources

Patient Care has initiated activities as part of Clinician-on-FHIR agenda to review FHIR patterns and Resources with a key objective to promote consistency across related FHIR resources.

The following documents provides useful background and document working progress activities on the QA and harmonisation efforts:

FHIR QA related information

As FHIR Resources are developed by different HL7 technical and clinical groups, it is understandable that inconsistency and other quality issues exist within and across various FHIR Resources. PCWG is working with technical and clinical experts to identify and address FHIR Resources quality issues. The following documents represent efforts of this group - analysing and identifying FHIR resource quality issues, and recommendations for improvement:


Clinician-on-FHIR events held during HL7 Workgroup meetings

Clinician-on-FHIR Symposium and Workshop events

Other Information

Background and Evolution

In 2013, a set of FHIR clinical resources were developed by the FHIR team with some inputs from the Patient Care WG members

At the time the FHIR team desired to create the resources without input relying only on an 80/20 rule - creating what was interpreted as needed to accomodate 80% of the needs.

Consequently, extensive debates had taken place during and after the first FHIR DSTU ballot. There are obvious harmonization issues between the technical and clinical view points/perspectives

In addition to the commitments by both the FHIR team and PCWG members to review and enhance/improve the FHIR DSTU1 Clinical Resources, it is agreed that better clinical engagements are highly desirable and beneficial to progressing the FHIR clinical resources toward DSTU2

At the May 2014 (Phoenix) WGM, the FHIR team approached PCWG leadership team to discuss the idea of a clinical connectathon. It was emphasized that this would be very different from the technical connectathon in which the participants focus solely on the technical aspect of interoperability. The clinical connectathon will be focused on validating the FHIR resources clinically.

Post May 2015 Paris WGM Decision 
The use of the term Clinician Connectathon was revisited during the May 2015 WGM. 
Based on the re-examination of the purposes, it was agreed that a more appropriate concept should replace the current clinician connectathon concept moving forward. 
The consensus was that these events were not actually connectathon in the similar way to the technical FHIR connectathon events. Multiple other names were considered. 
The consensus was that Clinicians on FHIR is best suited to the intended purposes. The name Clinicians on FHIR was adopted.

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