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Person FHIR Resource Proposal

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Owning committee name

Patient Administration

Contributing or Reviewing Work Groups

  • or "None"

FHIR Resource Development Project Insight ID


Scope of coverage

A natural person has identity outside of a healthcare setting. The Person resource is used to capture this information and to relate the person as an individual to other resources that do have a health-related context.

RIM scope

This Person Resource is not covered by the RIM directly.

Resource appropriateness

Expected implementations

Content sources


Example Scenarios

  • Cross-Domain Patient Directory
    • In a data sharing network, finding the location of patient records across different systems is a necessary pre-requisite for accessing external patient data. Using the link element, systems associate patient resources from different organizations. The assuranceLevel associated with the link provides a way for a system to qualify its confidence in the asserted link. For example, a relationship from the person to a patient using a probabilistic matching algorithm may be represented using a link with an assurance level of level1, while a relationship established using a government-issued photo ID may be created with an assurance level of level3.
  • Cross Domain Provider Directory
    • Similarly, providers working in multiple healthcare service settings may be linked across different organizations using the link element. The various practitioner resources can be related using a common person resource with a link for each of the practitioner resources located in other organizations.

Resource Relationships

The Person resource provides direct links to Patient, Practitioner, RelatedPerson, and Person (itself)


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