International Patient Access
0.1.0 - draft

International Patient Access, published by HL7. 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

Relationship with International Patient Summary

Relationship between IPA and IPS

  • IPA (this specification): a specification for access to a patient record with minimal expectations about the content
  • IPS: a specification that describes a package that contains a clinical summary for the patient

These specifications are doing different things - one is making provision for access to a record, and the other is making rules about the content found in the record.

The specifications do overlap, in that some systems that are required conform to both specifications - that is:

  • systems that are capable of producing a Patient Summary that meets the IPS rules, and
  • also provide access to the patient record as specified here

Such systems will produce content that has two different sets of rules applied - the minimal expectations in this specification, and the more extensive rules specified in IPS.

These rules are consistent; the content rules in this specification are a subset of the IPS content rules, and any system that meets the information requirements in IPS automatically conforms to the requirements on the content specified here.

Note that not all systems that conform to IPS are required to provide direct patient access, though many will. Also, many systems that provide access to patient as described by this specification will not be able to conform IPS, but some will.

Generating IPS Documents

If a server conforms to this specification and also to IPS, this API can be used to generate IPS documents, Using the $generate-document operation with the code ???: