Paula Lee of eHealth Centre of Excellence on attending FHIR North 2023

Paula Lee of eHealth Centre of Excellence on attending FHIR North 2023

I don’t write code, I’m not a developer. I don’t even have a computer science background (GASP). So why am I attending my 3rd FHIR North Conference this fall? I believe I first heard the term “FHIR” in 2018 or 2019, and thought they were talking about Amazon. ‘No! F-H-I-R.’ Google search results = JSON, XML, RESTful. I thought: Oh– programming. And quickly put it out of my mind. But it kept coming up more and more, and I thought: this is where digital health is heading. So, I set out to do some independent learning. What I quickly discovered was FHIR is not just about codes, standards and protocols. It is a COMMUNITY. With the exception of Star Trek, never have I encountered so many people willing to share their wealth of knowledge and passion on one subject. It can be seen in YouTube videos, online forums, countless articles, and international conferences. And FHIR North is Canada’s opportunity to make new connections, hear about new and exciting work taking place in our own backyard, and learn about what opportunities in interoperability FHIR can present to us. Not only is this my 3rd conference but this year I am also on the Conference Planning Committee. I’m excited for this opportunity to help make this a valuable and rewarding experience, especially for the “’non-techies” like me. All you need is a passion for learning and staying on top of the latest developments in digital health. If you can see the endless potential benefits enabled through the fast, seamless, and secure exchange of health care information, then I encourage you to come to FHIR North.   More about Paula Lee: Paula is the Manager of eServices Integrations with the eHealth Centre of Excellence in Kitchener, Ontario. When not working hard to improve the interoperability of eReferral in Ontario, she can usually be found reading a good book with a cup of tea in hand and a cat curled up on her lap.