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Registering a New Code System

[Not exposed in application]
registerCodeSystem

The registerCodeSystem element is used to register a new external, internal or external/internally coded code system with the HL7 RIM vocabulary. The attributes of the registerCodeSystem entry are described below.

Attributes of in registerCodeSystem
codeSystemName The full name used to describe the code system.
codeSystemMnemonic A short mnemonic used to represent the code system within the HL7 vocabulary. The mnemonic must be unique.
codeSystemType (see table below)
codeSystemOID the official ISO Object Identifier (OID) of the code system. The OID can be omitted when vocabularyRevision.documentStatus is anything other than Final. The codeSystemOID must be explicitly stated before the code system can be registered in the official RIM database.

If the code system OID is omitted, it will be assigned an available number from the HL7 example root branch (2.16.840.1.113883.19). A number will be assigned from the 2.16.840.1.113883.19.5 branch for internal code systems and the 2.16.840.1.113883.19.6 branch for External systems.

codeSystemType values
codeSystemType Meaning
I (Internal) The code system is created and maintained by HL7 (default)
E (External) The code system is created and maintained by an outside party and is not carried in the HL7 tables
EI (External/Internally maintained) The code system is created and maintained by an outside party, but a copy is carried within the HL7 tables for convenience.

Code System Description

The description element immediately follows the ballotStatus if it exists. Otherwise it is the first element in the code system registration block. It is optional and describes the intent or purpose of the code system revision.

Example XML header for codeSystemRevision

The example above registers a new Beer and Flavor Classification code system under the mnemonic BEERS. The entry has passed RIM harmonization with 17 for, 4 against and one abstention. The code system is Internal by default. Because an OID isn’t supplied, an OID will automatically be generated from the 2.16.840.1.113883.19.5 branch.

Example XML for external code system registration

The above example registers the LOINC code system as an external entry under the mnemonic “LOINC” with the OID “2.16.840.1.113883.6.1”