International Patient Access
0.1.0 - STU 1 ballot

International Patient Access, published by HL7 International - Patient Care Workgroup. This is not an authorized publication; it is the continuous build for version 0.1.0). This version is based on the current content of and changes regularly. See the Directory of published versions

International Patient Access

Welcome to the International Patient Access API Specification

This specification describes how an application acting on behalf of a patient can access information about the patient from an clinical records system using a FHIR based API. The clinical records system may be supporting a clinical care provider (e.g. a hospital, or a general practitioner), or a health data exchange, including a national health record system.

Using this API, applications can access the following information about the patient:

These resources are supported by information about practitioners and their roles.

Relationship to National Specifications

This International Patient Access specification describes how to access patient records anywhere in the world. It provides a very minimal set of access methods and rules about the content that are true everywhere. Working healthcare systems need additional rules about the access API to meet other use cases, and make many additional rules about the content based on national laws, regulations and accepted practice in order to support the provision of health in their healthcare system.

No health care system implements the International Patient Access specification directly; instead, each country publishes their own national patient access specification that is consistent with this specification.

See International Patient Access by Country for a list of these specifications.

In addition, there is an International Patient Summary specification which specifies a more extensive set of rules about the content that clinical systems may conform to. See Relationship to the International Patient Summary for further details.

Using the International Patient Access API