Names may be changed or repudiated. People may have different names in different contexts. Names may be divided into parts of different type that have variable significance depending on context, though the division into parts is not always significant. With personal names, the different parts might or might not be imbued with some implicit meaning; various cultures associate different importance with the name parts and the degree to which systems shall care about name parts around the world varies widely. The multiple given parts and family name combine to form a single name. Where a person has alternate names that may be used in place of each other (e.g. Nicknames, Aliases), these are different instances of Human Name.
The text element specifies the entire name as it should be displayed e.g. in an application User Interface (UI). This may be provided instead of or as well as the specific parts. Applications updating a name shall ensure that when both text and parts are present, no content is included in the text that isn’t found in a part. The correct order of assembly of the parts is culture dependent: the order of the parts within a given part type has significance and shall be observed. The appropriate order between family name and given names depends on culture and context of use. Note that there is an extension for the few times name assembly order is not fixed by the culture.
In some cultures (e.g. German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese), family names are complex and composed of various parts that may need to be managed separately, e.g. they have differing significance for searching. In these cases, the full family name is populated in family, and a decomposition of the name can be provided using the family extensions own-name, own-prefix, partner-name, partner-prefix, fathers-family and mothers-family.
For robust search, servers should search the parts of a family name independently. E.g. Searching either Carreno or Quinones should match a family name of “Carreno Quinones”. Health Level Seven International (HL7) affiliates, and others producing implementation guides, may make more specific recommendations about how search should work in specific cultures or environments.
Human Name is used in the following places:
– Insurance Plan
– Related Person