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What API's/integrati­on tools are available to the health industry?

As the health care field inches toward adoption of computer technologies to be more responsive to users, it has sought ways to digitise data and make it easier to consume. In order to make disparate data easily accessible and consumable, programmers develop APIs. In software terms, an application programming interface (API) is a collection of functions that a programmer can call to use someone else’s services and data.

Through the use of APIs software developers can build applications that can extract data from different databases and deliver services to users (patients or clinicians) on a unified platform.

At this meetup event we want to explore what API's and integration tools are available to health industry and why anyone developing technology for healthcare should be aware of their existence.



6:30pm - 7:00pm Networking

7pm - 9pm Talks & Discussion

Talk 1: HL7 AS A COMMON HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATION FORMAT - Andy Stopford, Technical Director, Havas Lynx

What are the challenges of data communication and storage in healthcare and in the NHS in particular?


Company showcase: TechBritain - map of the UKs tech startup community - Doug Ward, Shaun Gibson (co-founders)

Many thanks to TechHub for providing a venue and to Havas Lynx for making sure there will be enough pizza and drinks for everybody :)


Andy Stopford is a Technical Director @ Havas Lynx and has over 16 years experience leading teams to deliver pioneering software solutions that enable business goals to be achieved. With experience drawn from the e-commerce, financial, insurance, banking and healthcare sectors he is committed to creating quality software that adheres to best practices and delivers solutions that are robust and help clients achieve business goals.


Andy is a software engineer by trade and is a published book author and keen writer with 200 magazine and journal articles over his career. He has a great depth and breadth of knowledge in a variety of technologies and is passionate about all things software engineering.


Andy leads the HAVAS HEALTH SOFTWARE team of software engineers to develop  solutions that focus on the best possible outcome for the end user that ensure the business needs are met.

About HAVAS LYNX: Committed to bringing about change in healthcare. Change informed by experience, driven by innovation and proven in delivery. We are agents of the next era in health. Dedicated to helping clients connect consumers, professionals and brands with information, services, and influences that drive new relationships and better outcomes for all.

Since our inception in 1986, we’ve been at the forefront of healthcare. Whether it’s market access or mobile development, public image or integrated campaigns, over twenty-five years in the industry has equipped us with a unique understanding of the sector, of our clients and of their audiences.

Our work is defined by this and not the many technologies we are expert in. 250 employees | 25+ years | Offices in Manchester, London and New York




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  • Jose

    Is there any chance that the presentations can be posted here? Unfortunately I couldn't make the meet up but I'd really like see what the presenters had to say. Thanks Jose

    November 22, 2013

    • Idalia D.

      I shall be able to do that over the next couple of days.

      1 · November 24, 2013

    • Idalia D.

      Done! I have also uploaded presentations from past meetups

      November 25, 2013

  • Him

    I believe Andy was going to forward the ppt to Idalia for group wide distribution...

    November 23, 2013

  • Julian S.

    Really good depth of discussion. Excellent Speaker... very informative

    November 15, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Thanks for coming to the talk everyone and I hope you found it useful. The interest in FHIR is encouraging and I do think it is a very solid foundation for the health digital communications in the next few years - the link Peter has shared is a useful Wiki page - I also encourage you to visit where you will find details on the standard and example code.

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Catriona K.

    Very informative, I hadn't heard of HL7 before.

    November 15, 2013

  • Peter J.

    I'd hoped the format of three shorter presentations might follow with insight into three apis or aspects of the same. Andy did a great job with HL7 from which I learned a great deal - 4.5 stars! Thanks for FHIR Andy just checking this
    As ever really good discussion and networking opportunities. Thanks to the sponsors and organisers.

    November 14, 2013

  • Howard L.

    Apologies, had to change my plans today and unable to attend this time.

    November 13, 2013

  • Ian M

    Looking forward to this. The last meetup was amongst the best in Manchester for bring practitioners and technologists together in the same room, and talking about real problems & solutions.

    October 27, 2013

  • Idalia D.

    At the recent NHS Entrepreneurs Day Tim Kelsey announced some NHS initiatives to make data more "usable" for developers. One of them was NHS Choices refurbishment so that it can serve this purpose.

    July 11, 2013

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