|Work Group Patient Care||Standards Status : Informative|
This Clinical Module focuses on the FHIR Resources that represent core clinical information for a patient. The information contained in these Resources are those frequently documented, created or retrieved by healthcare providers during the course of clinical care. Resources generated during the course of diagnostic studies can be found in the Diagnostics Module , whereas the Resources related to medication ordering and administration process can be found in the Medications Module .
The Clinical Module covers the following resources:
FHIR Resources have a low, moderate or high levels of complexity with respect to the number of primary and child elements as well as the number of referenced Resources, found in this module and others. To better understand the relationships between Resources, we recommend beginning with the lower complexity, core Resources such as Patient , Condition , and FamilyMemberHistory before addressing a high complexity Resource such as CarePlan .
The clinical resources often represent patient-related data, and as such are susceptible to data breaching. Necessary privacy and security provision must be in place for searching and fetching this information. For more general considerations, see the Security and Privacy module .
Over the next 18 months, we will continue to advance the resources through the Maturity Levels through the process of development and testing of the Resources. We anticipate more widespread implementation of core Resources such as Condition. Complex Resources such as CarePlan are dependent on the maturation of its referred Resources and are expected to mature more gradually. The clinical community will need to develop use cases to test and further mature the ServiceRequest Resource at opportunities such as the Clinicians on FHIR sessions at the HL7 Working Group Meetings.