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Practitioner FHIR Resource Proposal

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Owning committee name


Contributing or Reviewing Work Groups

  • None

FHIR Resource Development Project Insight ID

  • 925

Scope of coverage

Demographics and qualification information for an individual who is directly or indirectly involved in the provisioning of healthcare.
The resource name as it appears in a RESTful URL is /practitioner/

Practitioner covers all individuals who are professionally engaged in the healthcare process, commonly (but not necessarily) on behalf of an organization. Their activity represents formal responsibility for a healthcare process, or parts thereof. This Resource is used for attribution of activities and responsibilities to these individuals. Practitioner include:

  • physicians, dentists, pharmacists
  • physician assistants, nurses, scribes
  • midwives, dietitians, therapists, optometrists, paramedics
  • medical technicians, laboratory scientists, prosthetic technicians, radiographers
  • social workers, professional home carers, official volunteers
  • receptionists handling patient registration

The Resources must not be used for persons involved for non-professional reasons like individuals taking care for friends, relatives or neighbors.

Although a Practitioner Resource represents individuals, they may practice their profession on behalf on an organization. Commonly, a Practitioner performs different roles within the same or even different organizations. Depending on jurisdiction and custom, it may be necessary to maintain a specific Practitioner Resource for each such role, possibly with different relevant qualifications. The role is also often limited to a specific period, after which authorization for this role ends. Note that the represented organization need not necessarily be the (direct) employer of a Practitioner.

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