UK Core FHIR Release 4 - Governance
The UK Core governance process is an information standard which underpins the development, maintenance and publication of the UK Core. The UK Core is fundamental to other standards which use FHIR where there is a need to communicate an individual’s health and care data securely and consistently between the NHS, health services and adult social care in England.
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- Standard type
- Information codes of practice
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Record standards define what information to collect and how to format it, for example when registering a new patient.
Data definitions and terminologies define the format of individual data items so they can be consistently represented, for example dates or medication names. Reference sets and controlled lists are also included.
Technical standards and specifications specify how to make information available technically including how the data is structured and transported.
Information codes of practice are legal or best practice guidelines on how information should be handled.
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Topics and care settings
- Information governance
- Care setting
- Community health
- Mental health
- GP / Primary care
- Transport / Infrastructure
- Social care
- Urgent and Emergency Care
Dependencies and related standards
The UK Core is based on or uses the following standards:
- HL7 FHIR R4 – the UK Core is based on this standard and it is used for the profiles, extensions and value sets, code systems and concept maps.
- SNOMED CT (for terminology)
- dm+d (for terminology)
- NHS Data Model and Dictionary (for terminology in England)
- XML and JSON (coding standards)
- Semantic Versioning Standard
- Related standards
This standard relates to the HL7 FHIR UK Core standard.
Assurance and endorsements
- Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
- Quality assurance
This standard has been approved by the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB) and published as an information standard notice (ISN).
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Page last updated: 22 December 2022