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FHIR Infrastructure Work GroupMaturity Level: 1 Trial Use Compartments: Patient, Practitioner, RelatedPerson

Detailed Descriptions for the elements in the Basic resource.

Basic
Element IdBasic
Definition

Basic is used for handling concepts not yet defined in FHIR, narrative-only resources that don't map to an existing resource, and custom resources not appropriate for inclusion in the FHIR specification.

Control1..1
TypeDomainResource
Requirements

Need some way to safely (without breaking interoperability) allow implementers to exchange content not supported by the initial set of declared resources.

Alternate NamesZ-resource; Extension-resource; Custom-resource
Summarytrue
Basic.identifier
Element IdBasic.identifier
Definition

Identifier assigned to the resource for business purposes, outside the context of FHIR.

NoteThis is a business identifer, not a resource identifier (see discussion)
Control0..*
TypeIdentifier
Summarytrue
Basic.code
Element IdBasic.code
Definition

Identifies the 'type' of resource - equivalent to the resource name for other resources.

Control1..1
Terminology BindingBasic Resource Types (Example)
TypeCodeableConcept
Is Modifiertrue (Reason: This element determines what kind of resource is being represented which drives the meaning of all of the other elements.)
Requirements

Must be able to distinguish different types of Basic resources.

Summarytrue
Comments

Because resource references will only be able to indicate 'Basic', the type of reference will need to be specified in a Profile identified as part of the resource. Refer to the resource notes section for information on appropriate terminologies for this code.

This element is labeled as a modifier because it defines the meaning of the resource and cannot be ignored.

Basic.subject
Element IdBasic.subject
Definition

Identifies the patient, practitioner, device or any other resource that is the "focus" of this resource.

Control0..1
TypeReference(Any)
Requirements

Needed for partitioning the resource by Patient.

Summarytrue
Comments

Optional as not all potential resources will have subjects. Resources associated with multiple subjects can handle this via extension.

Basic.created
Element IdBasic.created
Definition

Identifies when the resource was first created.

Control0..1
Typedate
Requirements

Allows ordering resource instances by time.

Summarytrue
Basic.author
Element IdBasic.author
Definition

Indicates who was responsible for creating the resource instance.

Control0..1
TypeReference(Practitioner | Patient | RelatedPerson | Organization)
Requirements

Needed for partitioning the resource.

Summarytrue