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OrganizationAffiliation FHIR Resource Proposal

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Patient Administration

Patient Administration

Committee Approval Date:

Please enter the date that the committee approved this Resource proposal

Contributing or Reviewing Work Groups

  • None

FHIR Resource Development Project Insight ID


Scope of coverage

(need to differentiate from Organization)

A formally or informally recognized relationship between organizations for the purpose of achieving some form of collective action. Includes membership with a Health Information exchange, a separate physician organization, or any other relationships where the entities are separate business entities.

The Organization.partOf is used to form a hierarchical relationships within an organization which eventually resolves to a single organization. Each child in the tree is a subdivision of the parent. The OrganizationAffiliation is used to describe the relationship between two distinct organizations. It does not require a hierarchical relationship.

This resource is for a singular association.

RIM scope


Resource appropriateness

This resource may be used to identify and describe relationships between two distinct organization. This resource should not be used when the affiliates are part of a single organization.

Expected implementations

This resource is required to support Healthcare and Provider Directories.

The Argonauts, Michigan Health Information Exchange Network, Sequoia Project, and other implementers have requested support for affiliate relationships.

Content sources

Not Applicable.

Example Scenarios

Preferred referral partners, trading partners, members of network or community.

Resource Relationships



Include with STU4 ballot.

gForge Users

Brian Postlethwaite


When Resource Proposal Is Complete

When you have completed your proposal, please send an email to