Plenary speakers

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Peter Jordan, HL7 New Zealand Vice Chairman

Presentation: HL7® FHIR® Adoption in New Zealand

Peripatetic New Zealanders have played a prominent part in the development of the emerging HL7® FHIR® standard and it has attracted widespread interest within the ‘Shaky Isles’ themselves. During the past year in New Zealand, FHIR has been endorsed by the Health Information Standards Organisation and selected as the framework for creating standards-based Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for the National Electronic Health Record project.
This presentation will consider the place of FHIR within New Zealand’s existing health information technology (HIT) landscape, focussing on current FHIR-related implementations and initiatives throughout the sector. Relationships with other HIT standards will then be discussed, concluding with the part that FHIR  might play in realising the “Smart System” component of the country’s new, overarching, health strategy.


Peter Jordan MSc LLB MCPD is the Vice-Chair of HL7 New Zealand and a highly experienced software architect and developer specialising in healthcare information modelling and exchange. His involvement with Healthcare IT standards began with the initial implementations of HL7® Version 2 messaging in New Zealand, back in the early 1990s; continuing, in recent years, with the NZ CDA Toolkit used in GP2GP patient record transfers and the NZ ePrescription Service; and now, increasingly, with the emerging HL7® FHIR® standard and SNOMED CT clinical coding.  He is currently contracted, as a Solutions Architect, to Patients First Ltd, and working on sector-wide components and services in support of the National Health IT Plan in New Zealand.

Peter’s three decades in the IT industry, spent in the UK and New Zealand, have included spells with vendors of both primary and secondary healthcare applications and various public sector organisations. He is also a member of The openEHR Foundation and represents primary healthcare IT on the New Zealand Sector Architects Group Executive.

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Tim Blake, Managing Director at Semantic Consulting

Presentation: "Are FHIR and Mobile making the My Health Record Irrelevant?"

Given the increasing market momentum of FHIR, the ability for consumers to use mobile devices to engage with their own health and the ability of Apple's HeathKit to store and render CCD documents, do we still need the My Health Record in its current form?
Through adoption of health informatics standards, Is it possible that the health consumer might become the aggregator of health information, rather than the Government?


Tim is the Managing Director of Semantic Consulting, a health consulting firm focused on leading digital change in healthcare.
He has formerly held roles as Chief Information Officer of the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services (and member of the Tasmanian Health Executive Team), Director of Rural eHealth Strategy at New South Wales Health and Strategic Advisor at Australia's National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) and the Commonwealth Dept of Health.
Tim has considerable experience in designing new models of care, health pathways, medication management, care planning, clinical informatics (including emerging standards such as FHIR) and the clinical and cultural factors affecting clinical interoperability of health data.
Tim is passionate about activating and engaging patients, the use of mobile solutions in health, consumer health technology, precision medicine, consumer genomics and many other areas that are starting to disrupt healthcare in positive, exciting and complex ways.

Guest speakers


Grahame Grieve, Health Intersections

Presentation: FHIR for Execs

Grahame will review the current state of the FHIR specification, implementation programs, and community with an eye to understanding it's overall maturity and what it will and won't achieve.
A key outcome is to help listeners understand the likely impact of FHIR on their existing investments in v2, CDA and other interoperability specifications.


Grahame Grieve is HL7's Product Director for "FHIR" ­ the leading healthcare data exchange standard of the future. Grahame has a background as a scientist in laboratory medicine and clinical research, followed by product development and then development manager for a clinical systems vendor, including middleware and clinical document solutions for Australian and world­wide markets. This lead to gradually increasing exposure to data interoperability, open source development and HL7 involvement, and eventually Grahame became an independent consultant. Since then, he has worked to develop standards and solutions with several US vendor consortiums, and the national programs of USA, Canada, England, Singapore, and Australia. This lead to the creation of FHIR, and it has gradually taken over Grahame’s life (but he still does get to live in Melbourne sometimes)
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Sarah Gaunt, Lantana Consulting Group

Presentation: Trifolia Workbench Demo

Trifolia Workbench is Lantana’s open-source tool for the creation and management of CDA and HQMF templates and FHIR profiles. The demonstration will cover the main features of Trifolia including:

  • Design and documentation of CDA templates and FHIR profiles
  • Versioning of templates/profiles
  • Terminology support
  • Export of CDA implementation guides to MS Word, XML, Web-based (HTML)
  • Import and export of FHIR profile StructureDefnitions
  • Auto-generation of Schematron validation

It will highlight the use of Trifolia for FHIR Profile creation and export, ready for inclusion in the FHIR build.


Sarah Gaunt is an advanced Health Level Seven (HL7) modeller and database developer who has an in depth knowledge of eHealth modelling and the development of healthcare information exchange standards.

Most recently Sarah is Senior Information Analyst at Lantana Consulting Group in the US and is the primary and co-author of many HL7 CDA Implementation Guides (C-CDA, CarePlan, NHSN HAI, ASCO, NHCS etc.) and FHIR profiles (C-CDA on FHIR). Previously, Sarah was Technical Interface Lead for NEHTA in Australia, and was responsible for the production of the HL7 CDA Implementation Guides (Discharge Summary, eReferral, ETP, etc.).  Before that, Sarah was Senior Data Analyst on the NHS SPINE project in the UK, responsible for the HL7 V3 messaging test data, across the SPINE. 

Sarah is an active member of the HL7 Structured Documents, Clinical Quality Information and Public Health and Emergency Response working groups and is a Certified CDA Specialist. She holds a BS in Mathematics and a Diploma in Programming and Systems Development.

Lantana Consulting Group provides services and software for standards-based health information exchange. We have built our expertise through more than a decade of involvement in standards development and deployment.

We focus on design and implementation of standards compliant systems, including validation, document management, authoring, data conversion and web services for information exchange. We support these implementations with extensive background and depth in health information modelling, health care terminologies and project management.

Increasingly, our work is focusing on deriving the benefits of EHR data management through quality, comparative effectiveness and public health reporting, research and meaningful use.

Heather Grain

Heather Grain

Presentation: International Terminology Update

Heather will discuss what is happening in the International Terminology space and its impact in the Australian domain.


Heather has international and national expertise in the development, implementation, management and governance of health information and information systems and education.

 She provides a practical implementation based approach combined with a strong academic background. As an expert in health data modelling and concept representation she has worked with hospitals, primary care, district nursing and diagnostic service and with national programs in Europe, USA, Australia, Brazil, China.  She works actively with the Global eHealth Collaborative, eHealth Education, Melbourne University, and RMIT.

Heather is active in the implementation of eHealth solutions, including those using SNOMED CT advising EMR and clinical knowledge management implementations, natural language processing, mapping and data specification 


Andrew McIntyre

Presentation: Back to the Future 4: HL7 v2 into the future

In this 60min presentation, Andrew explores the possibilities for HL7 v2 into the future within the Australian and international domain.


Andrew McIntyre is director of R&D at Medical-Objects and a long term HL7 Member who is also a Practicing Clinician. He has been active in the HL7v2 standards space in Australia and the clinical decision workgroup at HL7 International.

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