Connectathon Tracks

The FHIR North connectathon takes a somewhat different approach than other connectathons. Most of our connectathon tracks do not have any specific scenario or goal. Instead, we have tried to make a variety of “real-world” systems available for participants to interact with, along with experts who are familiar with each of these systems and provide guidance.

Participants are encouraged to devise their own scenarios and collaborate with one another – you might wish to:

  • Try interacting with another participant’s application in addition to (or in lieu of) one of the “official” applications or systems included in the connectathon tracks
  • Develop a scenario that involves your application working in concert with one developed by another participant
  • Begin a project before the connectathon if you’re planning something ambitious, or start fresh on the day of the event

There is time set aside for demos at the end of the day, and all participants are invited to share their creations with other FHIR North attendees.

FHIR for Beginners

Designed for developers who have no previous experience working with FHIR, this is the most structured connectathon track available. Participants will develop an application that can search and retrieve Patient resources from a publically available FHIR test server.

Hands-on assistance and guidance will be available, and we will endeavor to provide written directions and example code if possible. Participants who complete the goals for this track quickly are welcome to attempt working with other FHIR resource types, implement more advanced features of FHIR, or join another connectathon track.

Intro to SMART on FHIR

This track offers support and guidance for developers who would like to try developing mobile apps that implement FHIR. There are no pre-defined goals for this track – participants may attempt to interact with public FHIR test servers or the applications & services made available in other tracks as they prefer. Developers from University Health Network who have experience with both FHIR and mobile app development (iOS and Android) will be on hand to offer assistance

Participants may choose to create an app from scratch or bring an existing project that they wish to continue building on. For those starting from scratch, we recommend retrieving Patient resources from a public test server as an initial goal.

Automated Testing & Test-Driven Development in FHIR

Mohawk College will provide a FHIR interface for a test instance of the Ontario Lab Information System (OLIS) for connectathon participants to interact with. Documentation for the interface will be available at the connectathon, and Mohawk College developers will be on hand to provide guidance and answer questions.

This track does not include any specific goals or scenarios; participants are free to experiment and set their own goals. Collaboration between participants or creation of your own scenarios is welcome and encouraged.

FHIR for Developers

Ontario MOHLTC will be making FHIR interfaces to test instances of the provincial immunization and drug repositories available for participants to interact with. Documentation for the interfaces will be provided at the connectathon, and developers from MOHLTC will be on hand to provide guidance and answer questions.

This track does not include any specific goals or scenarios; participants are free to experiment and set their own goals. Collaboration between participants or creation of your own scenarios is welcome and encouraged.

Infoway FHIR Tooling

Canada Health Infoway will be making an instance of the FHIR package repository currently under development by the FHIR Implementation Working Group available for participants to interacr with. Documentation for the interfaces will be provided at the connectathon, and Infoway personnel will be on hand to provide guidance and answer questions.

This track does not include any specific goals or scenarios; participants are free to experiment and set their own goals. Collaboration between participants or creation of your own scenarios is welcome and encouraged.