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Medications Interoperability Hackathon

14th July 2020 @ 09:00 - 15th July 2020 @ 17:30 BST

How can technology improve medications safety?

INTEROPen is joining forces with Wessex Care Records to unravel this knottiest of problems in an online two-day hackathon on 14th and 15th July 2020.

This online hackathon is for all those interested in learning about, testing, and developing capabilities and tools that will help staff and patients share medications data in a safe and secure manner.

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Building on our INTEROPen #FHIRHack which took place in Leeds last October, this event is being designed with the ambition of speeding up the move towards a consolidated medications record that can be accessed across care settings including primary and secondary care, ambulance, social care and personal health records.

Alongside the opportunity to hack to your heart’s content, we’ll be running educational workshops, strategy seminars and real-world demos in parallel sessions throughout the two days.


Every day, in every hospital, junior doctors are busy piecing together the current medications for patients in the Emergency Department or admissions ward. Both time-consuming and dangerous, transcription errors resulting from this practice cause too many drug errors which may lead to extended hospital stays or inflict real harm to patients.

Medications information is often buried in discharge letters and difficult to transcribe or assimilate back into GP or other records for ongoing care. Specialist prescribing is often quite separate, leaving clinicians in other care settings unaware of medications that could impact the care they give.


We want to pull together a single shared consolidated view of medications which have been prescribed and dispensed, across all care settings, to improve safety and efficiency of the drug prescribing and administration process through passing this information seamlessly between systems. Are you up for the challenge?


We’re keen to look more closely at dosing syntax and explore the flows of medications information between the following:

– Primary care medicines statement

– EPMA systems (ingest medications, drugs on discharge)

– Integrated shared care records

– Specialist systems (e.g. oncology or drug and alcohol services)

– Ambulance Transfers of Care (medicines administered in transit)

– Social Care discharge to nursing/care homes

– Patient engagement

– Dispensing workflows


In keeping with INTEROPen values, all interested parties are invited to take part in planning calls which take place every Wednesday at 8 am. Zoom details are available on Ryver – INTEROPen’s collaboration platform**

These planning calls aim to set out the scope and agenda for the hackathon, and to provide participants with the information to commence their architectural plans.

All conversations, technical preparations and updates relating to this event will be shared in the related topic in the Hackathon Sub-Group on Ryver**: https://interopen.ryver.com/#posts/2388019


As a virtual event with a series of elective sessions (demos, workshops, and webinars) running alongside the Main Session, we have created a spreadsheet with tabs detailing what will be going on where. This spreadsheet will also be updated to include the Zoom Recordings of the elective sessions as the event progresses. 


If you are an implementation lead, software engineer, developer, product support analyst, implementation consultant, interface manager, or product owner sign up for the hackathon itself.

If you are a CIO, CCIO, CEO, CMIO, digital transformation lead, IT manager, LHCR/GDE lead or care professional (including social care) with an interest in health informatics, you may enjoy our many workshops, demos or seminars or, to see the output of the hackathon, sign up for the post-hack presentation session – further details to follow.


H = help curate the UK’s Care Connect FHIR profiles and API operations

A = accelerate product development and roadmaps

C = connect people to inspire, learn and jointly explore potential use cases

K = knuckle down and write code or configure software to test new interfaces

We look forward to seeing you there!


*ticket charges will be refunded on attendance
**to access to Ryver, you will need to be a member of INTEROPen (for GDPR reasons). To become a member, please complete our online joining form at www.interopen.org/join