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NHS Terminology Server: A Pre-Hack ‘Learnathon’

2nd February @ 09:00 - 16:30 GMT


Join us for this *FREE online day of learning – or ‘learnathon’ – intended for anyone with an interest in the progress, current applications, and potential scope of the NHS Digital Terminology Server. In particular, this event has been designed as an educational event to prepare developers wishing to take part in our Terminology Server Hackathon on 24 & 25 February (tickets to be released shortly and booked separately).



With a jam-packed schedule of live tutorials, demos, and practical exercises, this learnathon has been carefully designed for anyone looking to develop, manage or implement complex code systems, such as SNOMED CT.

This ‘learnathon’ is intended to lay the foundations for those wishing to take part in our Terminology Server Hackathon, scheduled for 24 & 25 February, when participants will be invited to put learning into practice; to test connections and explore ways in which the Terminology Server can be harnessed to provide health and care professionals with access to the information they need at the point of care. This hackathon will suggest, but not be limited to, use of the Terminology Server in an Emergency Care setting – most notably for frailty flagging, pathology testing, and logging and/or accessing observations at the point of care.

We intend to deliver future hackathons around the application of the Terminology Server in other clinical and research scenarios in the near future.


– How the Terminology Server can be used in decision support tools,

– Developing an EHR or Medical Information System built upon the Terminology Server,

– Possible applications of the Terminology Server in the creation of a more developed PHR, more detailed electronic referrals, and more reliable longitudinal records and datasets for research.

– FHIR operations and mapping

– Terminology Server to support interoperability


Whether you are a software developer keen to test how the NHS Digital Terminology Server might be used to support new or existing solutions, a project lead wishing to deepen existing understanding knowledge of its possible applications, or a clinician curious to see how it could support faster, more effective patient care, there will be sessions to suit every level of learning and familiarity with this tool.


In keeping with INTEROPen values, all interested parties are invited to take part in planning calls via Zoom** to help shape the scope and agenda for the hackathon, and to provide participants with the information to commence their hack plans.

All conversations, technical preparations and updates relating to this event will be shared in the Terminology Server Hackathon Forum on Ryver – INTEROPen’s collaboration platform**

The above is to be informed by planning discussions with participants due to take place every Tuesday at 8am. Joining details for these calls will be shared in the Terminology Server Hackathon forum on Ryver.

AGENDA (Full list of Masterclasses will follow shortly)

08:50 – 09:00 Zoom session opens

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome from INTEROPen: Making the most of this Learnathon

09:10 – 09:30 Introduction to the Terminology Server: Background, Current Uses, Potential

09:30 – 09:40 Overview of Masterclasses

09:40 – 09:45 Housekeeping and Resource Signposting

09:45 – 12:00 Morning Programme of Masterclasses

12:00 – 12:30 Regroup: Findings and Questions

12:30 – 15:45 Afternoon Programme of Masterclasses

15:45 – 16:00 Regroup: Findings and Questions

16:00 – 16:30 Next Steps and Wrap Up

We look forward to seeing you there!


*ticket charges will be refunded on attendance

**Please ensure you have a live Zoom account and access to the latest version of the Zoom platform to ensure you are able to fuully able to participate in these events.

***to access Ryver, you will need to be a member of INTEROPen (to ensure GDPR compliance). To become a member, please complete the online joining form at www.interopen.org/join