Anna and Anja at HL7 Annual Conference 2023, Vienna

At this year’s HL7 Austria & DICOM Austria annual conference (, our research group was represented by our colleagues Anna Lin and Anja Schwab.

Anna Lin had the pleasure to introduce our ongoing research-partner collaboration with the Canadian company Smile Digital Health ( to about 150 attendees from multiple European countries. Technical barriers make it challenging to facilitate observational research on data originating from direct clinical care. Exploring ways of removing these barriers is a very prevalent topic that we currently working on in a bachelor’s student research project.

Our second ongoing research project with Smile Digital Health focuses on clinical reasoning, and how changes in the clinical quality improvement ecosystem can be communicated, implemented, and analyzed using CQL. While CQL is actively implemented in the United States, only a few projects are currently underway in Europe. Nonetheless, there has been much-growing interest in this quite new HL7 standard. For this reason, Anna Lin and Anja Schwab held a workshop on how to use CQL to evaluate clinical quality measures.

Overall, it was an exciting opportunity to share what we are working on as well as to learn from others, especially during the community talks and the very well-organized workshops by our (former) colleagues of the AIST research group ( We are also very proud to share that this year’s HL7 Austria Student Award for the best bachelor’s thesis went to Clara Diesenreiter, a graduate of our universities’ Medical and Bioinformatics Department – Congratulations!The official news report of the conference, including photos, can be found here: