Technopolis City of Athens

Re-shaping healthcare systems

OCTOBER 19-24, 2017

IHIC 2017 (22-24/10)

Re-shaping healthcare systems

The 17th International HL7 Interoperability Conference – IHIC 2017 will be held back-to-back to the eHealth Forum, from the 22nd to the 24th October 2017 in Athens. The meeting will be hosted by HL7 Hellas, with support from HL7 Germany as permanent IHIC supporter, and other HL7 Affiliates. The Conference addresses interoperability in the health and social care domain. IHIC provides an interface between science, research and practice with regards to share experiences and best practices.

Tutorials for implementers and scientists are offered on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October. The Main Conference (Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October) includes keynotes, invited speeches and presentations to be held at the Purifier Building, at the Technopolis City of Athens.


Three internationally highly acknowledged Keynote Speakers feature in the Programme:

  • Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA, FHL7, Duke University, HL7 International-US will present on “A New World for Better Health”
  • Bernd Blobel, PhD, FACMI, FACHI, FHL7, FEFMI, University of Regensburg, HL7 Germany, will address “Standardization for Mastering Healthcare Transformation – Challenges and Solutions”
  • Gora Datta, CAL2CAL Corporation, HL7 International-US, will tackle the Mobile Health aspects with “mHealth4ALL; Healthcare in the 21st Century”.

Find out more about our Keynote Speakers


Peer-reviewed papers covering the entire spectrum of interoperability issues from security challenge through national eHealth projects and FHIR implementations will be presented in IHIC 2017 Scientific Programme. Visit the IHIC 2017 website to see the Preliminary Programme


Also, the following Tutorials are offered on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October:


  • “IHE overview”, by Rene Spronk, Senior Trainer, Ringholm, the Netherlands
  • “IHE XDS, XDS-i and VNAs”, by Rene Spronk, Senior Trainer, Ringholm, the Netherlands
  • “IHE Gazelle overview”, by Abderrazek Boufahja, Software Engineer / Consultant, IHE Europe


  • “General introduction to CDA”, by Dr. Kai U. Heitmann, HL7 Germany
  • “ART-DECOR: CDA specifications and implementations in practice”, by Dr. Kai U. Heitmann, HL7 Germany
  • “Snomed CT and CDA: Mastering the TermInfo-challenge with ART DÉCOR”, by Prof. Dr. Sylvia Thun, PhD, MD
  • “Security and privacy challenges of interoperability”, by Prof. Bernd Blobel, PhD, FACMI, FACHI, FHL7, FEFMI
  • “FHIR overview”, by Rik Smithies, HL7 UK
  • “Hands on FHIR”, by Rik Smithies, HL7 UK

More on the Tutorials…


  • The advancement of interoperability
  • Harmonization of interoperability standards and specifications among different SDOs
  • Terminology and ontology challenge of interoperability
  • Concepts and frameworks for Smart Interoperability Infrastructure Services
  • Local, regional or national Electronic Health Records solutions
  • Business Intelligence and Clinical Decision Support
  • Security, safety and privacy
  • Specification and implementation tools
  • FHIR and CDA – controversy, coexistence, or synergy?
  • “Show me your CDA” – CDA implementations at all levels