Harmonization Proposal: Add new EXISTENCEPL roleClass

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Recommendation for HL7 RIM Change and/or Vocabulary changes RECOMMENDATION ID:
Sponsored by: PA Approval date by sponsor: WGM, Kyoto, May 2009, THU Q3, see Add new RoleClass: Place of Existence.
Revision (# and date): 2009-07-10 Date submitted:
Editor/Author: René Spronk Sponsor Status: Approved
PROPOSALNAME: Add new EXISTENCEPL roleClass  


Summary of Vocabulary changes

Abbrev. Description # to Add # to Remove # to Change
D Concept Domains 0 0 0
S Code Systems 0 0 1
C Concept codes in a code system 1 0 0
V Value sets 0 0 1
B Context Bindings 0 0 0

Position of Concerned Organizations

ORG.NAME RECOMMENDATION APPROVAL STATUS AFFECTED ENTITIES OF INTEREST TO ORG
PA Approved Role.code

Issue

Issue: geographic location of the tree (its GPS coordinates). The tree is the NonLivingPerson patient. Patients can be ssociated with a Birthplace (BIRTHPLC) and a PlaceOfDeath (DEATHPLC), but not with a place where they exist.

  • Patient.addr can't be used, the AD data type is -per the data vtype spec- meant to be used for a mailing address only.

Recommendation Details

  • Create a new Class code: EXISTENCEPL "Place of Existence", defined as "Relates an entity (player; a living subject) to a location (scoper) where it exists. The entity has to be a living subject and of a species without autonomous mobility characteristics (e.g. a tree), i.e. its location will only change through outside intervention (e.g. by humans, tornado's, etc.)".
    • The newly proposed class code is a child of: LOCE (Located Entity Role) "Relates an entity (player) to a location (scoper) at which it is present in some way. This presence may be limited in time."
    • The newly proposed class code is [the only] sibling of STOR (Stored Entity Role) "Relates an entity (player) (e.g. a device) to a location (scoper) at which it is normally found or stored when not used."


RIM Recommendation(s)

Vocabulary Recommendation(s)

In the RoleClass coding system (OID 2.16.840.1.113883.5.110), the RoleClassLocatedEntity value set (2.16.840.1.113883.1.11.16815):

  • Create a new Class code: EXISTENCEPL "Place of Existence", defined as "Relates an entity (player; a living subject) to a location (scoper) where it exists. The entity has to be a living subject and of a species without autonomous mobility characteristics (e.g. a tree), i.e. its location will only change through outside intervention (e.g. by humans, tornado's, etc.)".
    • The newly proposed class code is a child of: LOCE (Located Entity Role, InternalId 16815) "Relates an entity (player) to a location (scoper) at which it is present in some way. This presence may be limited in time."
    • The newly proposed class code is [the only] sibling of STOR (Stored Entity Role, InternalId 16817) "Relates an entity (player) (e.g. a device) to a location (scoper) at which it is normally found or stored when not used."

Rationale

PA specific aspects of the rationale: This proposal is related to the Patient R-MIM when used for NonPersonLivingSubjects, in this case a patient of a Tree-species. In order to identify the GPS coordinates of a tree a new RolClass of 'Place of Existence' is proposed, akin to the existing class codes BIRTHPL and DEATHPL.

  • NonPersonLivingSubject has a Birthplace (BIRTHPL) role associated with it, played by E_Place which is subject of A_SpatialCoordinates.
    • Birthplace has the following definition: Relates a place (playing Entity) as the location where a living subject (scoping Entity) was born. - in this case: the place where the tree was initially planted, which may have been in a tree nursery, which isn't a very useful bit of information.
    • Place of Death (DEATHPLC) is another role of E_Place (although not used in the Patient R-MIM). It place (playing Entity) as the location where a living subject (scoping Entity) died.

Recommended Action Items

  • MnM to implement the proposed solution

Discussion

Resolution

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