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Behavioral Principles for Orders

  • Participation Context – Participation Context is the context in which the template for the payload was instantiated. Participation context includes, but is not limited to author, subject, record target, verifier and transcriber.
  • Accountability Management – Accountability is separated into Request and Fulfillment Management, and involves concepts like custody, provenance, and jurisdiction. The custodian for an order may change over time, so there needs to be clear mechanisms in place in the behavioral order model for transferring custodianship of an order.
    • Request Management – The state of the request for an order is managed by the entity (organization or device) that is given custody of the order.
    • Fulfillment Management - An order is intended to be fulfilled (satisfied) by the actions taken by the performer(s). The custodian of the order request is responsible for determining if the actions taken by the performer fulfill the order.
  • Request Completeness – An order clearly communicates the action to be taken by the performer(s).
  • Payload Completeness - A payload is an assemblage of information that may be verified. An order payload includes relevant details necessary to perform the requested action(s).

Design Principles

These principles can be realized in these design principles.

  • Orders may be made up of many actions (or actions)
  • Accountability is transferable
  • The Community obligations may be bound to the technology through context or contract bindings.


Characteristics of Behavioral Model Components

Within these definitions:

  • Services comprise:
    • Contract
    • Control Wrapper
    • Context Wrapper
    • Payload
  • V3 Messaging comprise:
    • Control Wrapper
    • Context Wrapper
    • Payload
  • Documents comprise:
    • Context Wrapper
    • Payload


Using the BF Principles and Components, the interoperability paradigms realize these characteristics as follows:

Payload Binding Information
CharacteristicInteraction WrapperControl WrapperContext WrapperPayload
Participation ContextXX
Accountability ManagementXX
Request CompletenessX
Payload CompletenessX

Legacy Characteristics of Behavioral Model Components

The HL7 Interoperability Paradigms use common model components that embody these principles. The following table is from the original, and is included here for traceability.

PrincipleContractControl WrapperContext WrapperPayload
ContextXX
ManagementXX
FulfillmentXX
ActionableX
CompleteX