May 2019 HL7 International Conference & Working Group Meeting

Network, learn and influence interoperability!

May 4-10, 2019   •   Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal (Quebec), Canada
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.

Download the Working Group Meeting Brochure to learn more about our educational sessions.

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

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 Haas, DVM, MS: HL7 FHIR Core Team; President and CEO, Health eData, Inc.
Stefan Lang: Member, Technical Committee on FHIR, HL7 Germany; Senior Consultant, Gefyra GmbH; Senior Consultant, Lang Health IT Consulting
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

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, May 11, 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, April 12, 2019.


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, May 04, 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, April 12, 2019 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


The dress code is casual for all HL7 functions.


Tutorial Information

Download the Working Group Meeting Brochure for detailed descriptions about each tutorial.


1:45 - 5 pm
HL7 International Council Meeting ()


7 - 8 am
Orientation for First-Time Attendees'- FREE TUTORIAL (F1)
7 - 8 am
ISO IDMP, Substances and Allergies - FREE TUTORIAL (F2)
7 - 8 am
Orientation for First-Time Attendees - FREE TUTORIAL (F3)
9 - 12:30 pm
HL7 FHIR Using Smart & CDS Hooks (M1)
9 - 12:30 pm
Introduction to HL7 Standards for Interoperability (M2)
9 - 12:30 pm
Introduction to HL7 FHIR (French) (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
Introduction to CDA (M6)


7 - 8 am
Understanding the HL7 International Organization - From Process to Governance - FREE TUTORIAL (F3)
7 - 8 am
How to get HL7 Certified - FREE TUTORIAL (F4)
9 - 12:30 pm
Designing and Architecting HL7 FHIR Resources (T7)
9 - 12:30 pm
Using SNOMED CT with HL7 FHIR (T8)
9 - 12:30 pm
Clinical Genomics Using HL7 FHIR (T9)
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
Mapping V2 & CDA to FHIR (T10)
1:45 - 5 pm
HL7 FHIR Profiling (T11)
1:45 - 5 pm
HL7 FHIR Profiling (T11)
1:45 - 5 pm
FHIR Security: Think Like a Hacker (T12)


7 - 8 am
GS1 Standards for Supply Chain meets HL7 - FREE TUTORIAL (F5)
9 - 12:30 pm
HAPI on FHIR (W12)
9 - 12:30 pm
HAPI on FHIR (W13)
9 - 12:30 pm
C-CDA on FHIR (W14)
1:45 - 5 pm
Understanding and Using Terminology in HL7 FHIR (W14)
1:45 - 5 pm
Understanding and Using Terminology in HL7 FHIR (W15)
1:45 - 5 pm
Introduction to CCDA 2.1 (W16)


7 - 8 am
Newly Elected Co-Chair Training - FREE TUTORIAL (F6)
7 - 8 am
Introduction to GITHUB for HL7 (F7)
9 - 12:30 pm
FHIR for Clinical and Administrative Workflows (TH16)
9 - 12:30 pm
HL7 FHIR for Clinical and Administrative Workflows (TH17)
9 - 12:30 pm
Introduction to HL7 FHIR for Healthcare Leadership (TH18)
1:45 - 5 pm
The Ins and Outs of the FHIR Medical Record (TH19)


Early bird savings ends April 12, 2019!

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

Hotel Information

To reserve your room, the hotel has a special website registration process just for HL7 attendees. Simply log on to the Sheraton website and follow the reservation instructions.

To make hotel reservations by phone, call +1 (800)325-3535. Be sure to mention Health Level Seven (HL7) to receive the discounted room rate of $257 CAD per night for 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. Space is limited so reserve your room early. Discounted room rates are available only on reservations made before April 12, 2019. Room rates are subject to all applicable state and local taxes in effect at time of check in. 

Note:  There is no link for government rooms, since the rate is higher than a regular room

If you need to cancel your room reservation, please do so 72 hours (three days) prior to your arrival date, and obtain a cancellation number. If you cancel within three days you will be charged one night reservation fee.

Ground Transportation

Montreal is serviced by the Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau International Airport which is located only 17 minutes from our downtown Montreal hotel (11 miles / 18 km) and easily accessible by Montreal transportation. 

Transportation to and from Le Centre Sheraton Montreal hotel is hassle-free. Please note that these prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are subject to change.

  • Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport: $38 CAD by taxi, $55 CAD by limousine
  • Train station is located 3 blocks from the hotel
  • Arrangements can also be made for private transfers from and to the Airport. We will be happy to assist you with recommendations.



  • $25 CAD/day for self-parking
  • $32 CAD/day for valet service


Location Information


1201, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal (Québec) H3B 2L7, Canada
Hotel Phone Direct: +1 (514)878-2000
Reservations: +1 (800)325-3535
Hotel guest services: +1 (514)878-2043
Fax: +1 (514-878-3958