November 11, 2016 5 Comments
So there was an interesting conversation in the FHIR chat just recently about representing maternity information in FHIR. It was pointed out by Lloyd that some elements that seem simple – like the LMP (Last Menstrual Period date) – are actually more complex than that, they are more properly Observations made by someone, at some date, with a degree of certainty etc.
So what this means is that a single logical model – like a summary of pregnancy – is going to wind up being represented in FHIR by a number of different resources, presumably ‘bound together’ in some way (eg a bundle of some sort Document/Message – or just a Composition with appropriate references) and described by an Implementation Guide.
Given that I’m working on a logical modeler in clinFHIR, this seemed like something to address. Here’s where I’ve got to so far.