JOIN HL7 India FHIR Connectathon 2021 by HL7India Connectathon Organising Committee


HL7 India is pleased to invite you to the second edition of the FHIR Connectathon

HL7 is an independent, member-based organization actively encouraging the adoption of standards of healthcare information communication in India. HL7 India is the accredited International Affiliate of Health Level Seven International (HL7 International) for India. 

After a successful FHIR Connectathon in 2020, our team at HL7 India is proud to be hosting the second edition from 10th December to 12th December 2021. Sponsored by Karkinos Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. and AliveCor India Pvt. Ltd., HL7 is proud to receive support from NRCeS and HIMSS India for this edition of FHIR Connectathon 2021. 

In this edition, we have 7 tracks, providing something for everyone. You can start your journey with FHIR, learning the FHIR ecosystem, go technical in building a FHIR server, solve interoperability use cases related to terminology, build cancer registries, acquaint yourself with how FHIR and DICOM work together and design and test FHIR resources conformant to the Structured Data Capture(SDC). 

By registering for the HL7 FHIR Connectathon, participants agree to behave ethically including not using the event to gain competitive knowledge or disclosing information gained about other participants’ systems during the event. In addition, participants agree to not engage in derogatory actions using the internet .

FHIR Starter Track FHIR Cancer Registry Track
ABDM Implementation TrackTerminology Track
Structured Data Capture TrackFHIR Server Implementation Track
DICOM and FHIR Track

To know more about the proposed tracks,


Even though the event is attended by Software Developers, Business Analysts, Engineers, Tech Enthusiasts, Domain Experts and Medical Practitioners,  the event is open to anyone with a passion for collaborating and building interoperability solutions that benefits everyone.  

Registration Fees:

HL7 India Member: Rs.2860

HL7 India Non-Member: Rs.3450

What are you waiting for? Register with your details today on 

We at HL7 India Connectathon Organising Committee look forward to seeing you at Connectathon 2021! 

For any queries, write back to

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What’s the cost of ignoring your employees’ emotional wellness to your organization? Puneet Manuja, co-Founder of YourDOST answers

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase ‘employee wellness’? Chances are you’re thinking of physical fitness, exercise, healthy eating, and prevention/management of lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes, etc. But an essential component that we seem to lose sight of is employees’ emotional wellness.  Puneet Manuja, co-Founder and COO, YourDOST, in this post, highlights on how corporate employees’ mental health and emotional wellness has been affected and how nearly 36% of them suffer in silence with no one to turn to. In a fireside chat, Puneet discusses the company’s technology platform that offers stigma-free therapeutic solutions to create happier workplaces followed by an authored piece on the consequential impact of an employee’s wellness on an organization.

Health-tech startups focus on riveting children’s health screening programs through digital platforms

The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has completely thrown school health programs out of gear. Lockdowns over the last 2 years have affected most school-based health programs. The silver lining here is that there were health-tech companies who had already forayed into the space of providing digitally-enabled care programs/platforms to school children. These platforms were scaled up gradually to take the screening camps completely online. This post discusses the effectiveness of school health programs and how health-tech companies like Trawello Healthcare are doing their part to ensure children’s health is prioritized.

The distinct feature of X-ray technology in COVID-19 diagnostics, by Navjot Singh, President – Medical Imaging, Trivitron Healthcare 

Imaging procedures are of great value in the COVID-19 pandemic when the question of assessment of suspected cases and determination of the course of the disease arises. While a multitude of radio diagnostic tools is employed, the role of X‑ray imaging in COVID-19 infection has distinct importance. This post by Navjot Singh, President – Medical Imaging, Trivitron Healthcare, touches upon the importance of X-ray imaging and technological advances.

These last mile telehealth enablers travail to deliver care despite digital infrastructure challenges

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Things & Thinks XXIII

I am happy to bring my monthly newsletter to the HCitexpert Blog from this month onwards. In this edition of my newsletter, I reflect upon the learnings from the COVID innovations that proved to be marginally useful at the most, followed by regulatory changes being rolled out in EU with the advent of MDR. There is the usual round-up of interesting digital health news, Tweet of the Month and Chart of the Month.

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Deeksha Senguttuvan, Head of Digital Strategy, Kauvery Hospitals, bets big on predictive analytics in healthcare. Deeksha, in this exclusive interaction with Anusha Ashwin, Consulting Editor, HCITExpert, shares her knowledge on the working of predictive analytics in hospital settings and how the technology plays a major role in tackling today’s pandemic health delivery needs.

Indian startups, DRDO, IISc exploit radiology AI for COVID-19 diagnosis and prognostication

Timely implementation of AI in desperate times like this has never been a miss by India’s digital technology specialists. From DRDO to some of India’s most prominent health tech startups, COVID-19 diagnosis based on radiology imaging augmented with AI-based clinical data has come to fore. This post highlights a few

How to introduce SaaS in your Healthcare Business – by Hanish Bansal

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How (not) to implement population health informatics applications! – by Nachiket Gudi, @GudiNachiket & Gaurav Pradhan, @GauravP_Tweets

A digital informatics application is as good as its underlying processes and people. Even if the application is built on a best-in-class digital architecture, if the underlying people and processes don’t have checks and balances in place, it is bound to fail. Learn more from this post on what the authors intend to convey on implementing best practices in health informatics.

Will pampering the Me and I kind of patient consumers with digital intervention tools be the new sustained healthcare delivery model?

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As a doctor who has treated the COVID patients, it makes me wonder whether the treatment modalities currently in use, continue to be used in future or there is an ocean of possibilities still unexplored. For this reason, I started to review articles more on the Use of Newer treatment Modalities like Immunomodulatorsin COVID, also can Artificial Intelligence (AI)help predict the future? Can AI help for evaluating the newer treatment modalities?

Time to address the shortcomings of digital health, says Preventive Cardiologist Dr. Pratiksha Gandhi, By Anusha Ashwin @Ashwin_anusha

“Preventive healthcare can only be successful with the support of digital technology interventions as this is the era of digital tracking for healthy behaviors, wearables, apps to monitor various chronic diseases,” says Preventive Cardiologist, Dr. Pratiksha Gandhi in a short Q&A with team HCITExpert. Read on to know more about Dr. Gandhi’s ideas and opinions about digital health applications in this post.

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Health coaches, AI-backed risk assessment platforms dawn to address avoidable mortality and health inequities in India – by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

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Common Pass: A novel approach to leveraging privacy preserving digital tools for COVID19 Pandemic – by Rahul Konapur, @ Rahul Konapur; Nachiket Gudi, @GudiNachiket; Oommen John, @oommen_john

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Things & Thinks XVIII by Santosh Shevade, @santoshshevade

Things & Thinks XVIII

Curated Thoughts on Healthcare by Santosh Shevade

Healthcare Innovation | Outcomes Research | Implementation and Impact

aśvinau health – health at your fingertips by Venu Malyala, @dubugu

EDIT – As of 28th Nov 2020, NDHM issued a clarification that HealthID will be made an OpenIDC as envisioned below. The below was written prior to that

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