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  • FHIR Practitioner 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


A person who is directly or indirectly involved in the provisioning of healthcare is known as practitioner. Practitioner performs different roles within the same or even different organizations.

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Practitioner covers all individuals who are engaged in the healthcare process and healthcare-related services as part of their formal responsibilities and this Resource is used for attribution of activities and responsibilities to these individuals. Practitioners include (but are not limited to):

– physicians, dentists, pharmacists
– physician assistants, nurses, scribes
– midwives, dietitians, therapists, optometrists, paramedics
– medical technicians, laboratory scientists, prosthetic technicians, radiographers
– social workers, professional homecare providers, official volunteers
– receptionists handling patient registration
– IT personnel merging or unmerging patient records
– Service animal (e.g., ward assigned dog capable of detecting cancer in patients)

The Resource shall not be used for persons involved without a formal responsibility like individuals taking care for friends, relatives or neighbors. These can be registered as a Patient’s Contact. If performing some action or being referenced by another resource, use the Related Person resource.

The primary distinction between a Practitioner and a Related Person is based on whether:
– The person/animal operates on behalf of the care delivery organization over multiple patients (Practitioner) or,
– Where the person/animal is not associated with the organization, and instead is allocated tasks specifically for the Related Person’s Patient (Related Person).

A standard extension animal species can be used to indicate the species of a service animal.

The Practitioner Role resource provides the details of roles that the practitioner is approved to perform for which organizations (and at which locations, and optionally what services too).

Practitioners are also often grouped into Care Teams independently of roles, where the Care Team defines what specific role that they are fulfilling within the team, and might or might not have actual practitioner role resources created for the practitioner (and in the care team context, the organization the practitioner is representing).

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United States


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 Practitioner 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 "$ref" string value contains a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) which identifies the location of the JSON 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 value of the keyword should be an array of unique strings. The data object tobe valid should contain all properties with names equal to the elements in the keyword value.string-
RequiredThe value of the keyword should be an array of unique strings. The data object tobe valid should contain all properties with names equal to the elements in the keyword value.string-
ConstThe value of this keyword can be anything. The data is valid if it is deeply equal to the value of the keyword.string-

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Concept NameComputer Ready NameTypeDollar RefDescriptionItemsEnumRequiredConst
PractitionerresourceTypeThis is a Practitioner resourcePractitioner
Practitionerid#/definitions/idThe logical id of the resource as used in the URL for the resource. Once assigned this value never changes.
Practitionermeta#/definitions/MetaThe metadata about the resource. This is content that is maintained by the infrastructure. Changes to the content might not always be associated with version changes to the resource.
PractitionerimplicitRules#/definitions/uriA reference to a set of rules that were followed when the resource was constructed and which must be understood when processing the content. Often this is a reference to an implementation guide that defines the special rules along with other profiles etc.
Practitioner_implicitRules#/definitions/ElementExtensions for implicitRules
Practitionerlanguage#/definitions/codeThe base language in which the resource is written.
Practitioner_language#/definitions/ElementExtensions for language
Practitionertext#/definitions/NarrativeA human-readable narrative that contains a summary of the resource and can be used to represent the content of the resource to a human. The narrative need not encode all the structured data but is required to contain sufficient detail to make it "clinically safe" for a human to just read the narrative. Resource definitions may define what content should be represented in the narrative to ensure clinical safety.
PractitionercontainedarrayThese resources do not have an independent existence apart from the resource that contains them - they cannot be identified independently and nor can they have their own independent transaction scope.{'$ref': '#/definitions/ResourceList'}
PractitionerextensionarrayMay be used to represent additional information that is not part of the basic definition of the resource. To make the use of extensions safe and manageable there is a strict set of governance applied to the definition and use of extensions. Though any implementer can define an extension there is a set of requirements that SHALL be met as part of the definition of the extension.{'$ref': '#/definitions/Extension'}