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Device FHIR Resource Proposal

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Owning committee name

Orders & Observations WG

Interested Work Groups

  • Laboratory (and Lab Automation)
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Clinical Genomics
  • Imaging Integration
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health and Emergency Response
  • Devices

FHIR Resource Development Project Insight ID


Scope of coverage

DEFINITION (DEVICES): This resource identifies an instance of a manufactured thing that is used in the provision of healthcare without being substantially changed through that activity. The device may be a machine, an insert, a computer, an application, etc. This includes durable (reusable) medical equipment as well as disposable equipment used for diagnostic, treatment, and research for healthcare and public health.

Primarily used for recording which device performed an action and can also be used to track device location.

RIM scope

  • Entity: ManufacturedMaterial (Enity.classCode="MMAT")
  • Entity: Devices (Entity.code=DeviceGenericType)

Resource appropriateness

Devices are used throughout healthcare for the precise (and imprecise) measurements related to diagnostics and treatments, to deliver theraputic drugs and other forms of treatment, for use in surgical procedures, and used throughout research scenarios. As such, a device resource is required for the information components.

Expected implementations


Content sources

  • HL7 v3 Laboratory Standard - Normative
  • HL7 v3 Implantable Devices Standard - Normative
  • HL7 v2.x

Resource Relationships

  • Order
  • OrderResponse ?
  • DiagnosticReport
  • Procedure
  • ImagingStudy ?


  • Vote by WG (Ready for ballot): July 2013
  • Ballot: September 2013

gForge Users

  • Lorraine Constable
  • Patrick Loyd