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FHIR Infrastructure icon Work Group Maturity Level: NNormative (from v4.0.0) Use Context: Country: World
Official URL: http://hl7.org/fhir/ValueSet/reference-handling-policy Version: 6.0.0-cibuild
active as of 2020-12-28 Computable Name: ReferenceHandlingPolicy
Flags: Immutable OID: 2.16.840.1.113883.4.642.3.202

This value set is used in the following places:

A set of flags that defines how references are supported.


This expansion generated 21 Feb 2024

Expansion based on codesystem Reference Handling Policy v6.0.0-cibuild (CodeSystem)

This value set contains 5 concepts.

  literalhttp://hl7.org/fhir/reference-handling-policyLiteral References

The server supports and populates Literal references (i.e. using Reference.reference) where they are known (this code does not guarantee that all references are literal; see 'enforced').

  logicalhttp://hl7.org/fhir/reference-handling-policyLogical References

The server allows logical references (i.e. using Reference.identifier).

  resolveshttp://hl7.org/fhir/reference-handling-policyResolves References

The server will attempt to resolve logical references to literal references - i.e. converting Reference.identifier to Reference.reference (if resolution fails, the server may still accept resources; see logical).

  enforcedhttp://hl7.org/fhir/reference-handling-policyReference Integrity Enforced

The server enforces that references have integrity - e.g. it ensures that references can always be resolved. This is typically the case for clinical record systems, but often not the case for middleware/proxy systems.

  localhttp://hl7.org/fhir/reference-handling-policyLocal References Only

The server does not support references that point to other servers.


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Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

LvlA few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. For value sets, levels are mostly used to organize codes for user convenience, but may follow code system hierarchy - see Code System for further information
SourceThe source of the definition of the code (when the value set draws in codes defined elsewhere)
CodeThe code (used as the code in the resource instance). If the code is in italics, this indicates that the code is not selectable ('Abstract')
DisplayThe display (used in the display element of a Coding). If there is no display, implementers should not simply display the code, but map the concept into their application
DefinitionAn explanation of the meaning of the concept
CommentsAdditional notes about how to use the code