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  • FHIR Codeable Concept Resource
  • Electronic Health Records Exchange Through FHIR


  • FHIR
  • HL7
  • Medical Terminology
  • Processes Data
  • Processes Information
  • Processes Documentation
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Electronic Health Records
  • FHIR Smart
  • Smart on FHIR

Codeable Concept

A Codeable Concept represents a value that is usually supplied by providing a reference to one or more terminologies or ontologies but may also be defined by the provision of text. This is a common pattern in healthcare data.

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More than one code may be used in CodeableConcept. The concept may be coded multiple times in different code systems (or even multiple times in the same code systems, where multiple forms are possible, such as with SNOMED CT). Each coding (also referred to as a ‘translation’) is a representation of the concept as described above and may have slightly different granularity due to the differences in the definitions of the underlying codes. There is no meaning associated with the ordering of coding within a Codeable Concept. A typical use of Codeable Concept is to send the local code that the concept was coded with, and also one or more translations to publicly defined code systems such as LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) or SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms). Sending local codes is useful and important for the purposes of debugging and integrity auditing.

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a draft standard describing data formats and elements (known as “resources”) and an application programming interface (API) for exchanging electronic health records. The standard was created by the Health Level Seven International (HL7) health-care standards organization.

Its goal is to facilitate interoperation between legacy healthcare systems, to make it easy to provide healthcare information to healthcare providers and individuals on a wide variety of devices from computers to tablets to cell phones, and to allow third-party application developers to provide medical applications which can be easily integrated into existing systems.

FHIR provides an alternative to document-centric approaches by directly exposing discrete data elements as services. For example, basic elements of healthcare like patients, admissions, diagnostic reports and medications can each be retrieved and manipulated via their own resource URLs (Uniform Resource Locators). FHIR was supported at an American Medical Informatics Association meeting by many EHR (Electronic Health Record) vendors which value its open and extensible nature.

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John Snow Labs; Health Level Seven International;

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FHIR, HL7, Medical Terminology, Processes Data, Processes Information, Processes Documentation, Health Information Exchange, Electronic Health Records, FHIR Smart, Smart on FHIR

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FHIR Codeable Concept Resource, Electronic Health Records Exchange Through FHIR

Data Fields

Name Description Type Constraints
Concept_NameName of the concept in the FHIR structurestringrequired : 1
Computer_Ready_NameA Computer-ready name (e.g. a token) that identifies the structure - suitable for code generation. Note that this name (and other names relevant for code generation, including element & slice names, codes etc) may collide with reserved words in the relevant target language, and code generators will need to handle this.string-
TypeThe type the structure describes.string-
Dollar_RefThe Dollar_Ref ($ref) string value contains a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) which identifies the location of the JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) value being referenced.string-
DescriptionA free text natural language description of the structure and its usestring-
ItemsThe value of the keyword should be an object or an array of objects. If the keyword value is an object, then for the data array to be valid each item of the array should be valid according to the schema in this value.string-

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Concept NameComputer Ready NameTypeDollar RefDescriptionItems
CodeableConceptid#/definitions/stringUnique id for the element within a resource (for internal references). This may be any string value that does not contain spaces.
CodeableConceptextensionarrayMay be used to represent additional information that is not part of the basic definition of the element. To make the use of extensions safe and manageable
CodeableConceptcodingarrayA reference to a code defined by a terminology system.{'$ref': '#/definitions/Coding'}
CodeableConcepttext#/definitions/stringA human language representation of the concept as seen/selected/uttered by the user who entered the data and/or which represents the intended meaning of the user.
CodeableConcept_text#/definitions/ElementExtensions for text