June 25-26, Saint-Petersburg held the first interactive conference on the HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard of healthcare data exchange. FHIR STARTER gathered more than 100 Healthcare IT experts, medical institutions’ representatives, and young specialists. The event’s key speakers were Grahame Grieve (inventor of FHIR and project lead of the FHIR Core Team), and Lloyd McKenzie (a member of the FHIR Core Team and an information architect with globally recognized expertise in healthcare data modeling and design). Participants discussed questions such as workflow optimization in medical institutions, advantages and disadvantages of FHIR, the standard’s philosophy and architectural concept. At the Connectathon section, guests could work directly with members of the HL7 FHIR core team on the standard and its implementation.