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FHIR DevDays 2024 Guide for Newcomers


Hello and welcome to FHIR DevDays 2024! Whether you’re a first-time attendee or new to FHIR, we’re thrilled to have you join our vibrant and supportive community from June 10-14 in Minneapolis.  

DevDays is an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in all things FHIR, whether you are a developer, a healthcare professional, or simply curious about the future of healthcare interoperability.

We understand that attending a large event like DevDays can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the community and the technology. But don’t worry, we’ve put together some tips and a suggested program to help you navigate the event and make the most of your experience.

  • Look for the Yellow Shirts: The people wearing yellow shirts are here to help you. They might look busy, but their main goal is to be available for participants. Don’t hesitate to approach them with any questions or just to chat. 
  • Join the Welcome Talk: On Day 1, there’s a Welcome to DevDays session where everything will be explained—from the program structure to the different types of sessions available. This is a great way to get oriented. 
  • Mix and Match Sessions: While we’ve suggested a program below, feel free to tailor your schedule to your interests. Some sessions might be more targeted towards developers, while others are more meant for architects and modelers. DevDays offers a wide range of sessions catering to all levels of FHIR expertise.  
  • Filter by Track: Want to check out all the beginner sessions in one place? Head over to the DevDays Schedule, click on Filter by Track, and select the Beginner track. 
  • Attend the Social Events: DevDays is not just about the sessions; it’s about building connections. Participate in the social events, like the morning run on Day 3. These informal gatherings are perfect for networking and making new friends in the FHIR community. 
  • Connect and Engage: Don’t just attend sessions—participate in discussions, ask questions, and engage with other attendees. You’ll be part of the FHIR family in no time!

Day 1

  • 11:00 – 11:40 AM: Welcome to DevDays 
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Introduction to FHIR 
  • 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: Introduction to FHIR Modeling 
  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Introduction to FHIR Search (Developers) or Publishing a FHIR Implementation Guide (Modeling) 
  • 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM: Questionnaires and Structured Data Capture 
  • 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM: SMART App Launch Overview or The FHIR Bulk Data API – Introduction and What’s New!

Day 2 

  • 8:30 AM – 8:50 AM: Keynote: Technology Has Not Transformed Healthcare…Will That Change With AI? 
  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: USCDI Implemented in US Core 
  • 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Introduction to FHIR Shorthand (Modeling) or Promise of a Modern, Digital Healthcare System: ONC Regulations 
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: CQL Overview 
  • 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: Keynote: Plenary Panel: AI Opportunities for Patients 
  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Community Talks or Digital Quality Implementer Community (DQIC) 
  • 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM: FHIR Terminology Services 101 or A Whirlwind Tour of FHIR Resources 
  • 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM: A Whirlwind Tour of FHIR Resources

Day 3

  • 6:45 AM – 7:30 AM: Early Morning DevDays Run (Join the run!) 
  • 8:30 AM – 8:55 AM: Plenary Session | FHIRing up Artificial Intelligence 
  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: A Walk Through SQL on FHIR 
  • 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Argonaut 2024: US Core, Bulk Data, Observation Write, Endpoint Directories, Subscriptions, and More! 
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Hands-On Session | FHIRing up AI 
  • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: Join the Women for FHIR Lunch (Males Welcome Too!) 
  • 1:30 PM – 2:10 PM: Women for FHIR and Garbage In, Good Out? The Potential of Ingesting Multimodal Health Records Directly into LLMs 
  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Harmonizing Upstream 
  • 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM: Unstructured Text to FHIR Using Generative AI and openEHR Clinical Archetypes 
  • 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM: FHIR Subscriptions and Notified Pull

Day 4

  • 8:30 AM – 8:50 AM: Plenary Session & Implementer Award Winner Announcement 
  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: Words of Wisdom for Interoperability Design 
  • 10:15 – 11:00 AM: Wandering Down the FHIRPath 
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Let’s Build! FHIRPath 
  • 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: IPA & IPS: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Better Together 
  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: FHIR Profiles vs openEHR Templates – Can They Play Together? 
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Closing Session 
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Farewell Drinks 

We can’t wait to see you at DevDays! Whether you’re attending sessions, participating in social events, or simply exploring the venue, remember that the FHIR community is here to support you. Enjoy your time, make new connections, and most importantly, have fun!