Examples of Locations are:
– Building, ward, corridor, room or bed
– Mobile Clinic
– Freezer, incubator
– Vehicle or lift
– Home, shed, or a garage
– Road, parking place, a park
– Ambulance (generic)
– Ambulance (specific)
– Patient’s Home (generic)
These locations are not intended to cover locations on a patient where something occurred (i.e. a patient’s broken leg) but can happily cover the location where the patient broke the leg (the playground).
Locations and Organizations are very closely related resources and can often be mixed/matched/confused.
The Location is intended to describe the more physical structures managed/operated by an organization, whereas the Organization is intended to represent the more conceptual hierarchies, such as a ward.
A Location is valid without an address in cases where it could be purely described by a geo-coded location in remote areas, or when recorded by a device. Locations with a mode = “kind” would also likely not have an address, as they are just a type of location, but could also have an address where they can be found at the address.
Another use of location could be for describing a Jurisdiction. This jurisdiction may be considered a classified boundary which could be a combination of a physical boundary, and some other discriminator(s):
– Nation – Country-wide community or Federal Government (Ministry of Health)
– Province or State (community or Government)
– Business (throughout an enterprise)
– Business scope (CDC/FDA)
– Business segment (UK Pharmacy)