Related Persons typically have a personal or non-healthcare-specific professional relationship to the patient. A RelatedPerson resource is primarily used for attribution of information, since RelatedPersons are often a source of information about the patient. For keeping information about people for contact purposes for a patient, use a Patient’s Contact element. Some individuals may serve as both a Patient’s Contact and a Related Person.
Example RelatedPersons are:
– A patient’s wife or husband
– A patient’s relatives or friends
– A neighbor bringing a patient to the hospital
– The owner or trainer of a horse
– A patient’s attorney or guardian
– A Guide Dog
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 RelatedPerson’s Patient (RelatedPerson).
A standard extension animalSpecies can be used to indicate the species of a service animal.