Harmonization: Batch.contentProcessingMode

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Recommendation for HL7 RIM Change RECOMMENDATION ID:
Submitted by: INM Revision (# and date): 20060219
Date submitted: Committee status: Approved (WGM Jan06)
Submitted by: Rene Spronk  
NAME: create new Batch.contentProcessingMode attribute  

Stewards Position

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(responsibility level: S=Steward; I=Interested)
INM Approved S


Upon receipt of a Batch (a Transmission with a Batch-class entry point) the receiver doesn't know whether it should process its contents in a sequential fashion, or whether the contents can be processed in a paralel (or even random) fashion.


  • Add an optional contentProcessingModeCode attribute to the RIM Batch class (data type CS CNE) to indicate the type of content processing that the receiver of the batch is expected to undertake, i.e., sequential or parallel. Default value is sequential.
  • Create a new ContentProcessingMode vocabulary (with definition: Identifies the order in which content should be processed) with 2 values:
    • sequential: the content should be processed in a sequential fashion
    • unordered: the content may be processed in an any order


The behaviour of receivers when processing Batches was "subject to site agreement" in HL7 v2. Various proposals will be (and have been) made to allow a sender to specify the behaviour of the receiver in an explicit manner.

Note: a boolean would suffice at the moment (sequential or not), there may however be use cases for other content processing modes.

Recommended Action Items

  • Implement the proposed solution


20060718 Harmonization meeting:

Description of vocab table was missing; not paralel, but unordered.

Gunther: blue classes should not even have been used for this, but normal rim classes. More fundamental issue.

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