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2021 Annual Symposium - AMIA/HL7 FHIR® Applications Competition

AMIA and HL7 are partnering again to bring an exciting application competition to the AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium, October 30 – November 3, in San Diego. AMIA 2021 is the place for you if you have to offer or are interested in innovative and practical software applications that use FHIR®!

The HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Standard has become a sizzling-hot method for accessing information in health information technology systems. As patients move around the healthcare ecosystem, their electronic health records must be available, discoverable and understandable.

FHIR® is making that possible, based on over 30 years of work by HL7 on healthcare data exchange and information modeling standards. The Competition is intended to highlight the best and most innovative FHIR® implementations.

Importantly, AMIA and its partners are committed to help you make a larger audience aware of your software and thus broaden adoption. If you would like your software to get critical review and exposure through AMIA, you have come to the right place!

FHIR® is the registered trademark of Health Level Seven International.

How Will Your FHIR® Application Be Reviewed?

A panel of FHIR® experts and developers from HL7 and AMIA will review your application based on your submission. While it is not necessary for the reviewers to access your application in a production setting, you need to provide sufficient materials to support a thorough review. The reviewers will select a set of approximately 10 applications for presentation at the AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium.

How Will You Present Your Application?

The competition will take place on Tuesday, November 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. You will have approximately eight minutes to present your application. Present the problem you are trying to solve, tell attendees how you went about designing and implementing your solution, and wow the audience! Presentations will not include the opportunity for questions to allow us to showcase the maximum numbers of applications possible. At the end of the session, attendees will vote on the top three entries!

Submission Template

  1. Is your application deployed in a real-world setting, and in use with clinicians, caregivers, patients or people? Yes/no (If your answer is no, please consider submitting in the future).
  2. Project abstract (1,000 characters): Please summarize your submission briefly, including information about the problem you’re trying to solve, how you have solved/are solving it and how your solution works in practice.
  3. Project rationale, impact and innovation (3,500 characters): Describe the problem/issue your submission is trying to address. Who does the problem affect? What is the impact (in terms of reduction of morbidity/mortality, number of people/patients affected, etc.) of solving the problem, both in the long as well as in the short term? In what ways is your project innovative?
  4. Project design and implementation (7,000 characters): How did your design address the problem? How did you implement your solution and what requirements must be met to be able to do so? What challenges did you have to overcome?
  5. Project evaluation and sustainability (3,500 characters): What kind of qualitative and quantitative data did you gather to evaluate your project, and what conclusions do you draw from them? Did your project achieve its goals in terms of implementation and impact? How will your project be sustained?
  6. How is FHIR used in the application (500 characters)? Briefly describe how your application leverages the FHIR standard, for instance as an end user-facing app or a machine-to-machine interface.
  7. What FHIR release and FHIR resources does your application use (500 characters)? This technical information will help Competition attendees evaluate whether they could potentially adopt your application.
  8. When was your solution conceived?
  9. When was your solution implemented?
  10. How many users does your solution have and/or how many patients have been impacted by it? (please indicate time frame)
  11. Logo/headshot and promotional photo
  12. Twitter project summary (140 characters)
  13. Agreement to publish your application in the SMART App Gallery if feasible. yes/no
  14. Any other information about the project we should know about (1500 characters)?
  15. Download Official Rules
  16. Please contact Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, at with any questions or comments.

2021 AMIA/HL7 FHIR® Applications Competition Timeline

  • May 7: Call for submissions open
  • August 2: Submissions close
  • September 1: Decision notifications sent

After the competition, you may be contacted by informatics researchers who are interested in helping involve FHIR or its applications.


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