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Medications Interoperability Learn & Hackathon

15th September 2021 @ 09:00 - 20th October 2021 @ 17:00 BST


Join us for a double-whammy of events dedicated to accelerating the flow of medications information across health and social care systems to improve patient safety.



Pre-Hack Learnathon

When: 15 September

What: A day of masterclasses, updates on national work, workshops, and demos

Who should attend: Anyone intending to take part in our Medications Interoperability Hackathon and anyone interested in learning more about progress and current capabilities in this area.

Medications Interoperability Hackathon

When: 19 & 20 October

What: Two days of testing and developing connections and capabilities to improve the safe and secure flow of medications information across health and social care systems. Hack participants are invited and encouraged to present the work of their ‘hack team’ in the afternoon of Day 2 (see Post-Hack Presentation Session below).

Who should attend: Implementation leads, software engineer, developer, product support analyst, implementation consultant, interface manager, product owners, or those in similar roles who are interested and able to contribute to the development of solutions. We also encourage participation by those with insights from the frontline, so clinicians and other providers of care who would like to get involved.

Post Hack Presentation Session

When: 20 October (3.30 to 5.30 PM)

What: An open-to-all presentation of the outputs from the hackathon by the teams involved. Each hack team will have the opportunity to present and run a short demo of what they have achieved over the two days. The session concludes with an audience vote for the ‘most impressive’ hack.

Who should attend: Anyone and everyone with an interest in Medications information interoperability, especially CIOs, CCIOs, and all others who may be interested in discovering and/or supporting the progression of projects with real-world potential.


These events are designed to accelerate development against the FHIR Interoperable Medicines Standards and Structured Dose Syntax guidance, enabling patient medication information to move seamlessly between care providers including primary and secondary care, ambulance, social care, and creating a patient-centred consolidated medication record.

We want to develop system functionality and workflows to aid the adoption of the FHIR medications resources that support the consistent transfer of prescribed and dispensed medication information across all care settings and to construct a single shared consolidated view of a patient’s medication record that will improve safety and efficiency of the drug prescribing and administration process.


we’re keen to build on our previous learning for using FHIR medication resources and dosing syntax to tackle the challenges of flowing medications information. The themes of the Learn and Hackathon will therefore cover the following (details and full agenda to follow):

– EPS Next Generation

– Transfers of Care (admissions & discharge)

– UK Core Resources (following recent curation sprints)

– dm + d vs SNOMED

– Moving information into, out of and between ePMA systems

– Patient-Centred Medication Record (PCCMR as part of the Shared Care Record)



In keeping with INTEROPen values, all interested parties are invited to take part in planning calls which take place every Thursday at 8 am. Zoom details are available in the Medication Hackathon forum on Ryver – INTEROPen’s collaboration platform**, where you will also find resources, including masterclass links, from our previous Medications Interoperability Hackathons.

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 Medications Hackathon Forum on Ryver**


*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