HL7 Terminology (THO)
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ValueSet: EntityClass

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/v3-EntityClass Version: 2.0.0
Active as of 2014-03-26 Computable Name: EntityClass
Other Identifiers: : urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.1.11.10882

Classifies the Entity class and all of its subclasses. The terminology is hierarchical. At the top is this HL7-defined domain of high-level categories (such as represented by the Entity subclasses). Each of these terms must be harmonized and is specializable.

The value sets beneath are encoded in Entity.code and are drawn from multiple, frequently external, domains that reflect much more fine-grained typing.


This value set is not used here; it may be used elsewhere (e.g. specifications and/or implementations that use this content)

Logical Definition (CLD)



This value set contains 27 concepts

Expansion based on EntityClass v2.1.0 (CodeSystem)

All codes in this table are from the system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityClass

0ENTentityCorresponds to the Entity class
1  HCEhealth chart entityA health chart included to serve as a document receiving entity in the management of medical records.
1  LIVliving subjectAnything that essentially has the property of life, independent of current state (a dead human corpse is still essentially a living subject).
2    NLIVnon-person living subjectA subtype of living subject that includes all living things except the species Homo Sapiens.
3      ANManimalA living subject from the animal kingdom.
3      MICmicroorganismAll single celled living organisms including protozoa, bacteria, yeast, viruses, etc.
3      PLNTplantA living subject from the order of plants.
2    PSNpersonA living subject of the species homo sapiens.
1  MATmaterialAny thing that has extension in space and mass, may be of living or non-living origin.
2    CHEMchemical substanceA substance that is fully defined by an organic or inorganic chemical formula, includes mixtures of other chemical substances. Refine using, e.g., IUPAC codes.
2    FOODfoodNaturally occurring, processed or manufactured entities that are primarily used as food for humans and animals.
2    MMATmanufactured materialCorresponds to the ManufacturedMaterial class
3      CONTcontainerA container of other entities.
4        HOLDholderA type of container that can hold other containers or other holders.
3      DEVdeviceA subtype of ManufacturedMaterial used in an activity, without being substantially changed through that activity. The kind of device is identified by the code attribute inherited from Entity. *Usage:* This includes durable (reusable) medical equipment as well as disposable equipment.
4        CERcertificate representationA physical artifact that stores information about the granting of authorization.
4        MODDVimaging modalityClass to contain unique attributes of diagnostic imaging equipment.
1  ORGorganizationA social or legal structure formed by human beings.
2    PUBpublic institutionAn agency of the people of a state often assuming some authority over a certain matter. Includes government, governmental agencies, associations.
2    STATEstateA politically organized body of people bonded by territory, culture, or ethnicity, having sovereignty (to a certain extent) granted by other states (enclosing or neighboring states). This includes countries (nations), provinces (e.g., one of the United States of America or a French departement), counties or municipalities. Refine using, e.g., ISO country codes, FIPS-PUB state codes, etc.
3      NATNationA politically organized body of people bonded by territory and known as a nation.
1  PLCplaceA physical place or site with its containing structure. May be natural or man-made. The geographic position of a place may or may not be constant.
2    CITYcity or townThe territory of a city, town or other municipality.
2    COUNTRYcountryThe territory of a sovereign nation.
2    COUNTYcounty or parishThe territory of a county, parish or other division of a state or province.
2    PROVINCEstate or provinceThe territory of a state, province, department or other division of a sovereign country.
1  RGRPgroupA grouping of resources (personnel, material, or places) to be used for scheduling purposes. May be a pool of like-type resources, a team, or combination of personnel, material and places.

Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

Level A few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. In this scheme, some codes are under other codes, and imply that the code they are under also applies
System The source of the definition of the code (when the value set draws in codes defined elsewhere)
Code The code (used as the code in the resource instance)
Display The 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
Definition An explanation of the meaning of the concept
Comments Additional notes about how to use the code


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