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Terminology Server Hackathon

24th February @ 09:00 - 25th February @ 17:30 GMT


What can the Terminology Server do for you?

Join us for this two-day, online hackathon focusing on applications of the NHS Digital Terminology Server. Participants will be invited to test and explore potential uses of the Terminology Server in providing health and care professionals with access to the information they need at the point of care.

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This hackathon will suggest, but not be limited to, uses 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 will also be looking at its use in avoiding admissions and in making informed e-referrals across care settings.

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


Millions of people use emergency care pathways each year. Assessments, interventions, EHR data reviews and data recordings are made at each point of care generating millions of disconnected data points. There is an urgent need to make relevant clinical data more accessible to support self-care, rapid triage, decision making and high quality care. Handovers of care between different clinicians (community nurses, GPs, 111 staff, ambulance and paramedical practitioners, ED staff and hospital in-patient teams) are often made verbally without data support. Patients are often frustrated by the need to repeat their story at multiple touchpoints and clinical staff are equally frustrated by the lack of access to useful summarised data. The need for access to observations, point of care testing results and images is woven into the information backcloth.


In this Hackathon, we will hack different ways of using the content of the terminology server to develop value sets and data forms to develop ideas and new ways of using these data for patient care, quality improvement, commissioning and research. We will use SNOMED Expression Constraint Language to develop emergency care data subsets and hack ways of connecting data using different terminologies and FHIR resources.


In keeping with INTEROPen values, all interested parties are invited to take part in planning calls which take place every Tuesday at 8.00 am. Zoom details are available in the dedicated Terminology Server Learnathon & Hackathon forum 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.


A full agenda and a list of breakout sessions, including seminars and practical walk-through examples will be published shortly.


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.

We look forward to FHIRHacking with you soon!


*ticket charges will be refunded on attendance

**to access Ryver, you will need to be a member of INTEROPen (for GDPR reasons). To become a member, please complete our online joining form