January 2019 Working Group Meeting

Network, learn and influence interoperability!

January 12-18, 2019   •   San Antonio, TX
Registration for this event is closed. Please consider registering onsite.

What is a Working Group Meeting?

HL7 International Working Group Meetings (WGMs) are held three times per year at varying locations and serve two important purposes:

  1. Provide the HL7 International work groups the opportunity to meet in person and work on standards, as well as to network with industry leaders from around the world.
  2. Offer an invaluable educational resource for the healthcare IT community.

Standards Development

HL7 International has more than 40 work groups dedicated to specialized areas of interest such as Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Infrastructure, Mobile Health and Electronic Health Records. These work groups are directly responsible for the content of standards and spend much of their time at WGMs hard at work on standards development. Attending a WGM is a great way to learn about a particular area, and everyone attending a WGM is invited to any of the work group meetings.

Educational Sessions

Educational sessions will cover a full range of HL7-specific topics such as Version 2.x Implementation, Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) and the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®), among others. Sessions also branch out to cover general interest industry topics such as Electronic Health Records, Interoperability, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and Vocabulary Terminology.

HL7 FHIR Connectathon

FHIR Connectathons are a two-day event of hands-on FHIR development and testing held in conjunction with Working Group Meetings. This event provides a great opportunity for implementers and developers to gain hands-on experience developing FHIR-based solutions by participating in one of many available tracks. To learn more about the FHIR Connectathon, visit wiki.hl7.org/index.php?title=FHIR_Connectathon_20

C-CDA Implementation-A-Thon at the FHIR Connectathon

The HL7 FHIR Connectathon now includes a new C-CDA Implementation-A-Thon (C-CDA IAT) track. The C-CDA IAT track helps implementers work to reduce inconsistencies in HL7 Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementations across the healthcare industry. Attendees will collaborate on clarifying C-CDA document creation questions as well as engage in exploratory sessions designed to bring clarity to less defined or emerging data representation in C-CDA. To learn more about the C-CDA IAT, visit confluence.hl7.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=5996832

HL7 FHIR Experience — A Hands-On Workshop

Learn how to implement HL7 FHIR at this two-day, hands-on FHIR workshop. The program blends theory with hands-on activities so that students are able to apply what they learn throughout the experience.

The first day is devoted to evaluating and applying the base FHIR standards through hands-on interaction with FHIR servers. The second day focuses on reviewing and utilizing the FHIR implementation guides. Students will work with the US Core (Argonaut) and Provider Directory Implementation Guides. Learn from our expert faculty:

Eric Hass, DVM, MS: HL7 FHIR Core Team; President and CEO, Health eData, Inc.
Simone Heckmann: Dipl. Inform. Med.; Chair, HL7 Germany's Technical Committee on FHIR; Board Member, HL7 Germany; CTO, Gefyra GmbH; CEO, Health-Comm GmbH
Rik Smithies: Technical Chair, HL7 UK; Independent Consultant, NProgram Ltd.

Schedule Overview

HL7 FHIR Connectathon

Saturday, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

HL7 FHIR Experience — A Hands-On Workshop

Wednesday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

General Sessions

Monday – Thursday, 8:00 – 8:45 am


Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Work Groups

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

General Information

How Do I Register?

Register Online

Online registration is available until the end of the day on Saturday, January 19, 2019. For your convenience, payment can be made via credit card directly on the website, or print the registration form and mail it with payment.

Early Bird Registration

Early Bird Registration is available through Friday, December 21, 2018.


Mail the completed registration form (along with credit card information or a check payable to Health Level Seven International in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank ONLY) to:

Health Level Seven International
3300 Washtenaw Ave. Suite #227
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA


Registration and credit card information may be faxed to: +1 (734) 677-6622.

Advance Registration/Payment

Advance registrations MUST include payment. Registrations received without payment will not be processed until the time that payment is received and will be charged the Standard Rate.

Onsite Registration

Onsite registration opens Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:00 am. Payment in full is required at the time of registration.

Student Membership/Student Meeting Registration

Full-time students who are currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at an accredited educational institution and who are NOT professionally employed are eligible for a student membership and/or student meeting registration fees. To receive this discount, student ID and expected date of graduation must be provided (subject to verification).

NOTE: Individual and organizational members do not qualify for Student pricing for meetings. This policy is applicable regardless of whether the member is a full-time student.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Prepaid registrants who cancel prior to Friday, December 21, 2018 will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given.

For more information, please contact Mary Ann Boyle at: +1 (734) 677-7777 or maryann@HL7.org.


The dress code is casual for all HL7 functions.


Continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks and lunches are included in the meeting registration fee and will be provided for all registered attendees Monday through Friday. Vegetarian and diabetic meals are available upon request. Attendees must register for each day's lunch on the registration form in order to receive lunch tickets.

Tutorial Information


12:06 - 12:07 am
Orientation for First-Time Attendees -FREE TUTORIAL (F1)
12:20 - 12:21 am
Understanding the HL7 International Organization, From Process to Governance-FREE TUTORIAL (F2)


7 - 8 am
Orientation for First-Time Attendees - FREE TUTORIAL (F3)
7 - 8 am
ISO IDMP, Substances and Allergies (F4)
9 - 12:30 pm
Overview of HL7 Standards for Interoperability (M1)
9 - 12:30 pm
Clinical Quality Language (M2)
9 - 12:30 pm
The Hitchhikers Guide to HL7 (M3)
9 - 5 pm
HL7 Payer Summit ()
1:45 - 5 pm
Introduction to HL7 FHIR (M4)
1:45 - 5 pm
Introduction to HL7 FHIR for Software Developers (M5)
1:45 - 5 pm
HL7 FHIR Using SMART & CDS Hooks (M6)


7 - 8 am
Incorporating SNOMED CT Concepts in HL7 Standards (F5)
9 - 12:30 pm
Designing and Architecting HL7 FHIR Solutions (T7)
9 - 12:30 pm
IHE on FHIR (T8)
9 - 12:30 pm
Introduction to CCDA 2.1 (T9)
9 - 5 pm
HL7 Payer Summit ()
1:45 - 5 pm
Mapping V2 & CDA to FHIR (T10)
1:45 - 5 pm
HL7 FHIR Profiling (T11)


7 - 8 am
GS1 Standards for Supply Chain Meets HL7 (F6)
9 - 12:30 pm
HAPI on FHIR (W12)
9 - 12:30 pm
C-CDA on FHIR (W13)
1:45 - 5 pm
Understanding and Using Terminology in HL7 FHIR (W14)
1:45 - 5 pm
Clinical Genomics Using FHIR (W15)


7 - 8 am
Introduction to GITHUB for HL7 (F7)
7 - 8 am
Newly Elected Co-Chair Training - FREE TUTORIAL (F9)
9 - 12:30 pm
FHIR for Clinical and Administrative Workflows (TH16)
1:45 - 5 pm
Introduction to FHIR for Clinicians, Managers and Executives (TH17)


Early bird savings ends December 21, 2018!

HL7 members save up to 30%! Learn how you can save on registrations by becoming a member of HL7!

Registration for this event is closed. Please consider registering onsite.

The Venue

HL7 International's January 2019 Working Group Meeting will be held at:

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 (210) 222-1234 phone
+1 (210) 227-4925 fax

Experience the heart of the Riverwalk at Hyatt Regency San Antonio—the only San Antonio Riverwalk hotel directly overlooking the historic Alamo and on the Riverwalk, connecting two of San Antonio's top destinations through the 16 story atrium lobby. Be the center of attention while you are in the center of the action by taking advantage of an unequaled location in the heart of dining and entertainment venues surrounding the Riverwalk hotel in San Antonio.


The Hyatt Regency San Antonio offers a discounted rate of $23/night for self-parking as well as Valet parking for hotel guests in the Central Parking Garage located across the street from the main hotel entrance. Valet parking is available at the hotels front entrance for $39/day. 

Airport Information

The San Antonio International Airport is approximately 8.25 miles from the Hyatt Regency San Antonio and the Downtown area. The airport is located at the juncture of NE Loop 410 and Hwy 281 N. with easy access to and from the interstate, and is open 24 hours a day.

To reach the airport from the hotel, exit on Losoya Street (one way). At the intersection North of Market Street, turn left to I-37 North. (1/2 mile). Follow I-37 North (merges with Highway 281 North) to the San Antonio International Airport exit (approximately 8 miles) from airport to hotel.

Hotel Information


HL7 International's January 2019 Working Group Meeting will be held at:

Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 (210) 222-1234 phone
+1 (210) 227-4925 fax

The hotel has set up a special website reservation process just for HL7 International. Attendees should log on and simply follow the reservation instructions

Reservations can be made directly by calling +1 888-421-1442. Be sure to mention Health Level Seven International to receive the discounted room rate of $209 per night single or double occupancy. These rates will be offered three days prior and three days after the meeting dates, subject to availability of rooms at the time of reservation. Remember, a limited number of rooms are available at the discounted rate, so reserve your room early. The hotel cut-off date is December 21, 2018. Room rates are subject to all applicable state and local taxes in effect at time of check in. Cancellations should be made 72 hours (three days) prior to your arrival date, and a cancellation number should be obtained. Cancellations made within the three days will be charged a one night reservation fee.

Those making a reservation under the government rate of $126 per night should log on to the same website and click Government under Room Type. There are a limited number of government rooms available at the discounted rate so reserve your room early!

Ground Transportation

The Hyatt Regency San Antonio is approximately 8.5 miles from the San Antonio International Airport.


From the airport is approximately $25 one-way per car (does not include tip).

Seating and luggage:

6 passengers; amount of luggage depends on size of bags. Pick up is on the lower level of the airport.

Airport Shuttle Transportation Contact Information

Yellow/Checker Cab: +1 (210) 222-2222

Concord Cab: +1 (210) 444-2222

AAA Express: +1 (210) 444-2222

SA Trans Shuttles : +1 (210) 281-9900

Location Information

Activities and Attractions

The following are a few recommendations of popularly visited sites in San Antonio. Please contact the Concierge or Capers at the hotel, their preferred Destination Management Company, for any further recommendations or to inquire about group tours and activities. Capers can be reached at (210) 226-6652.

River Walk: The Paseo del Rio is San Antonio's favorite attraction. You can shop, dine, lounge in a cafe, take a riverboat tour or simply stroll along side the calming river.
110 Broadway, Suite 440
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 227-4262

Alamo: Located in the heart of downtown is the most famous historical site in Texas. The mission has been restored to its original condition and offers tours as well as a gift shop of memorabilia.
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 225-1391 X 34

King William District: San Antonio's first suburb consists of 25 blocks of historic mansions set amid lovely landscaping.
1032 South Alamo
San Antonio, TX 78210
Phone: (210) 227-8786

La Villita: What was once San Antonio's first neighborhood is now a thriving arts and crafts community.
418 Villita #900
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 207-8613

Market Square: The historic three-square block area is home to a variety of shops, galleries and restaurants, offering the wares and cuisine of Mexico. A Smithsonian was added on April 12, 2007.
514 W. Commerce
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 207-8600

Welcome to San Antonio!
Meeting Attendee Website www.visitsanantonio.com/meetings

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