Richard Ettema


About Richard Ettema

Mr. Ettema has more than three decades of experience in software architecture, engineering and consulting. His experience is in application architecture, agile methodologies and helping customers develop, implement and maintain best practices in enterprise software development. Mr. Ettema has worked with small to large private organizations as well as large government organizations developing health care, health insurance, telecom, order entry, customer call tracking, inventory management and financial management applications.

Mr. Ettema is the author of AEGIS’ public FHIR test client and server, WildFHIR; Senior Architect and Project Lead for AEGIS’ FHIR Testing Platform, Touchstone.


Touchstone and FHIR Testing at DevDays 2017

Back in January of this year at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 14 held in San Antonio, TX, I began discussing with the folks from Furore the possibility of presenting at their upcoming FHIR DevDays 2017 event. This was after my Saturday morning breakout sessions at the Connectathon where I gave […]


HL7 FHIR Connectathon #16

The next HL7 FHIR Connectathon event, #16, will host close to, if not more than, 200 attendees this weekend – Sep 9 & 10 – with 17+ testing tracks. And, just like I’ve done for the last two, I will once again be providing a couple of Saturday morning breakout […]


HIMSS 2017 Debrief – FHIR Myths and Misconceptions 1

After successfully navigating my way back home, the HIMSS 2017 conference is now a fading memory of a whirlwind of events – presentations, education sessions, parties and numerous conversations – not to mention thousands of steps through the exhibit hall and beyond.  My focus, as always, for the past few […]


HL7 FHIR Implementer Certification…Coming Soon

This past October at the 30th Annual HL7® Plenary, Working Group Meeting and FHIR® Connectathon 14 event, I realized it was my three-year anniversary of attendance. True, that may not sound like a long time to those seasoned HL7 veterans but my focus has been and remains the HL7 FHIR […]


FHIR Testing and Lift-Off to the HL7 Conference

The AEGIS FHIR Team continues to make enhancements to the Touchstone Project and its Test-Driven-Development (TDD) integrated ecosystem. The Touchstone Project is an AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL) initiative – a next generation Open Access / Cloud-based Testing Platform which applies Conformance and Interoperability testing capabilities against the HL7® FHIR® specification. […]


Touchstone for FHIR

The Touchstone Project is an AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL) initiative and is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Testing as a Service (TaaS) Open Access Solution providing interoperability and conformance testing capabilities against the HL7® FHIR® DSTU2 specification. Touchstone has been engineered from the ground up to leverage […]


Let’s Talk About HL7® FHIR® at HIMSS15

Over the course of the last couple of years, AEGIS has played an active role in accelerating the development and adoption of the Health Level Seven (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) specification as an integral author and contributor to the standard. FHIR combines the best features of existing HL7 standards […]


2015 Connectathon Countdown: Preparation Best Practices

This is the second in our series about success at the 2015 IHE Connectathon. If you haven’t read the first post about the urgency of registration (and getting that right), you really need to. Now. Really. (I’ll wait.) Technical Preparation Now that you have read that post and are hopefully in […]


2015 Connectathon Countdown: Action Required (NOW!)

Thinking about joining the AEGIS DIL team in attending the 2015 IHE Connecathon? It’s that time of year again, and we are reminded that this annual January event can really sneak up on you if you don’t start taking action–immediately. To appreciate why we say “immediately,” take a look at this 2015 Connectathon […]


Connecting with the Open Source Community at OSCON

This past week marked the first time AEGIS participated in the Open Source Convention (OSCON) at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. OSCON is where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors. Mario Hyland and I participated and spoke on behalf of Open Health Tools […]