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FHIR Terminology Services

Submitting WG/Project/Implementer Group

FHIR Management Group (FMG)

Justification

The FHIR specification includes support for the provision of a terminology service - that is, a service that lets healthcare applications make use of codes and value sets without having to become experts in the fine details of the value set resource, and the underlying code systems. The management and proper use of terminology is fundamental to effective, interoperable data exchange, so this is an important capability to provide and test in the Connectathons.

Proposed Track Lead

Coordinator: Rob Hausam (There is a dedicated skype chat for terminology services - Contact Rob to be included - skype id rhausam)

Expected participants

Health Intersections - server Aegis - Touchstone tool and test scripts Apelon - server Lantana - FHIR services on Trifolia CSIRO - server NLM - FHIR services on VSAC multiple additional servers multiple clients

Roles

FHIR Terminology Server

For service providers, implement the following operations from http://hl7.org/fhir/terminology-service.html:

Service providers are not required to implement all this functionality - it's a lot to do. For new implementers, start at the top and work down (generally)

FHIR Terminology Client Consumer

Implement any one or more of

  • do a value set expansion of one of the value sets in the spec
  • validate a code using the spec against a FHIR value set, a v2 value set, or LOINC or snomed CT
  • look up a display for a code (most appropriate for v2/FHIR conversion)

At least one server supports all these operations (http://fhir2.healthintersections.com.au). Other servers, including the Apelon server (http://fhir.ext.apelon.com:8081/DtsOnFhirDemo) will support some of those operations

Scenarios

Scenario Step 1 Name

Action:
Precondition:
Success Criteria:
Bonus point:


TestScript(s)

The supporting TestScripts and corresponding fixtures have been committed to the FHIR SVN repository at: http://gforge.hl7.org/svn/fhir/trunk/connectathons/OrlandoJan2016/Connectathon11/Track2-Terminology

TestScript Definitions

The TestScript resources in this folder represent a conversion** of the TestScript originally used at the 1st Terminology Services Connectathon held in Washington, February 2014.

The original single TestScript has been separated into four (4) separate TestScript definitions - one for each original test suite. In addition, each of those TestScripts have two variations based on whether the FHIR client or server assigns the resource id of the required ValueSet resources created in the setup.

**This representation of the Terminology Services tests is not meant to be definitive and complete. This is one example of how these tests can be defined in the current DSTU2 format of the TestScript resource. Constructive feedback, suggestions and criticisms are welcome.

FHIR Resource ID Assigned by the Client

  • track2-terminology-ts-suite1-client-id -- Terminology test suite 1 where the FHIR client assigns the ValueSet resource id in the setup.
  • track2-terminology-ts-suite2-client-id -- Terminology test suite 2 where the FHIR client assigns the ValueSet resource id in the setup.
  • track2-terminology-ts-suite3-client-id -- Terminology test suite 3 where the FHIR client assigns the ValueSet resource id in the setup.
  • track2-terminology-ts-suite4-client-id -- Terminology test suite 4 where the FHIR client assigns the ValueSet resource id in the setup.

FHIR Resource ID Assigned by the Server

  • track2-terminology-ts-suite1-server-id -- Terminology test suite 1 where the FHIR server assigns the ValueSet resource id in the setup.
  • track2-terminology-ts-suite2-server-id -- Terminology test suite 2 where the FHIR server assigns the ValueSet resource id in the setup.
  • track2-terminology-ts-suite3-server-id -- Terminology test suite 3 where the FHIR server assigns the ValueSet resource id in the setup.
  • track2-terminology-ts-suite4-server-id -- Terminology test suite 4 where the FHIR server assigns the ValueSet resource id in the setup.

Conventions Used

The execution of the TestScript resources contained in this folder are constrained by the following conventions:

Fixtures - All resource reference values can be either url paths or local local file system paths. The convention for these TestScript resources use local file system paths where the execution engine is expected to resolve this path based on the following:

  • Leading '/' character - this is resolved as an absolute path based on a known root path.
  • No leading '/' character - this is resolved as a relative path based on the location of the TestScript resource file.