This resource is an event resource from a FHIR workflow perspective – see Workflow. It is the intent of the Orders and Observation Workgroup to align this resource with the workflow pattern for event resources.
The scope of the supply resource is for supplies used in the healthcare process. This includes supplies specifically used in the treatment of patients as well as supply movement within an institution (transport a set of supplies from materials management to a service unit (nurse station). This resource does not include the provisioning of transportation services.
This resource overlaps with others such as Device and Medication. For example, when processing bulk orders, etc. However, when the medication, device or other aspects of the resource are important, (e.g. in a MedicationRequest or when identifying a device as a performer), the more detailed resource must be used.