Patient Innovator Track

What if technically minded patients had access to their data from hospitals, labs, and apps? What if they could collect the data themselves and massage and format it however they like?

The Patient Innovator Track provides a stage to patients and family caregivers who are taking control of their health using data about their disease and their treatment. We invite patients to show the unimagined things people can do with data when their health is at stake. The goal of the track is to inspire the DevDays audience and to share the values that underpin FHIR.


The Patient Innovator Track takes place during DevDays. Three finalists get the opportunity to demo their achievements in pre-recorded 5-minute pitches.


Applicants first compete for an invitation to DevDays Virtual by submitting their application via the button below. Those who are selected will be invited to send a pre-recorded pitch to compete for the Patient Innovator Award. A jury will select the best presentation.

We also present the People’s Choice Award! Judges can be so boring sometimes 🙂 … what about those cases where the audience loves something even if it doesn’t win? For that reason, we present the People’s Choice award. After all the pitches have played, the Virtual DevDays audience will vote for their favorite. There are no rules for this – it’s your chance to wow them with a great story, great presentation, great idea, great anything. If you’re really great, you might win both!

Why apply?

Why consider applying for the Patient Innovator Track?

  • Reach out to the FHIR ecosystem and learn about the specification that is transforming the industry and is now required by the US government
  • Reach out to a community of health IT professionals, experienced in FHIR, potentially helping you to take your solution to the next level
  • Connect with EHR vendors and discuss integration opportunities
  • Discuss with forward-looking medical professionals how to embed the solution into medical practice

Who should apply?

The Patient Innovator Track is intended for patients who have applied information technology, allowing them to get a better insight into their disease or treatment, to take control of their health, or to improve the quality of their lives. Patients’ caregivers are also invited to apply.


The jury reviews applications based on the following criteria:

  • Proving the power of health data when it becomes available to a patient
  • Direct impact on the patient’s health or treatment
  • Possible relevance for other patients, ideally as an app that might use FHIR someday
  • Proven usage in daily life

Since the main goal is to inspire the audience, we also take your speaking skills and the clarity of your presentation materials into account.

Your entry can be related to an app, a hardware device producing data, or some smart way of using your health data in any other way. Your accomplishment does not need to be FHIR-enabled (yet). Please keep in mind that we are looking for something real, so not just a slide deck.


Submit your application by filling out the form before October 15, 2020. We will invite four finalists. The selection will be announced on October 22, 2020.


The track is led by Dave deBronkart, also known as e-Patient Dave. Other member of the jury is  Grahame Grieve (founder of FHIR).
Read Dave’s blog post about the Amsterdam edition here. Dave also wrote a blog on the winner of the Amsterdam edition, here. After DevDays, e-Patient Dave will publish all submissions on his website (if you agreed when submitting the application).


There are no costs involved in participating in the Patient Innovator Track. You will have free access to DevDays Virtual 2020.


For inquiries about the Patient Innovator Track, please contact Marita Mantle-Kloosterboer at