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  • FHIR Identifier 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


Identifier is a numeric or alphanumeric string that is associated with a single object or entity within a given system. Typically, identifiers are used to connect content in resources to external content available in other frameworks or protocols. Identifiers are associated with objects and may be changed or retired due to human or system process and errors.

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The value is be unique within the defined system and have a consistent meaning wherever it appears. Identifier.system is always case sensitive. Identifier.value is to be treated as case sensitive unless knowledge of the Identifier.system allows the processer to be confident that non-case-sensitive processing is safe.

The system is a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier )that defines a set of identifiers (i.e. how the value is made unique). It might be a specific application or a recognized standard/specification for a set of identifiers or a way of making identifiers unique. If the system is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), it should resolve. Resolution might be to a web page that describes the identifier system and/or supports look-up of identifiers. Alternatively, it could be to a Naming System resource instance.

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 Identifier 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-
EnumThe enum is used to restrict a value to a fixed set of values. It must be an array with at least one element, where each element is unique.string-

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Concept NameComputer Ready NameTypeDollar RefDescriptionItemsEnum
Identifierid#/definitions/stringUnique id for the element within a resource (for internal references). This may be any string value that does not contain spaces.
IdentifierextensionarrayMay 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 there is a strict set of governance applied to the definition and use of extensions. Though any implementer can define an extension there is a set of requirements that SHALL be met as part of the definition of the extension.{'$ref': '#/definitions/Extension'}
IdentifieruseThe purpose of this identifier.['usual' 'official' 'temp'
Identifier_use#/definitions/ElementExtensions for use
Identifiertype#/definitions/CodeableConceptA coded type for the identifier that can be used to determine which identifier to use for a specific purpose.
Identifiersystem#/definitions/uriEstablishes the namespace for the value - that is a URL that describes a set values that are unique.
Identifier_system#/definitions/ElementExtensions for system
Identifiervalue#/definitions/stringThe portion of the identifier typically relevant to the user and which is unique within the context of the system.
Identifier_value#/definitions/ElementExtensions for value
Identifierperiod#/definitions/PeriodTime period during which identifier is/was valid for use.