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CodeSystem: AddressUse

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-AddressUse Version: 3.0.1
Active as of 2019-03-20 Responsible: Health Level Seven International Computable Name: AddressUse
Other Identifiers: OID:2.16.840.1.113883.5.1119

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Codes that provide guidance around the circumstances in which a given address should be used.

This Code system is referenced in the content logical definition of the following value sets:

Generated Narrative: CodeSystem v3-AddressUse

Language: en


This code system defines the following properties for its concepts

Specializes Specializes Coding The child code is a more narrow version of the concept represented by the parent code. I.e. Every child concept is also a valid parent concept. Used to allow determination of subsumption. Must be transitive, irreflexive, antisymmetric.
Generalizes Generalizes Coding Inverse of Specializes. Only included as a derived relationship.
internalId internalId http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v3-internal-id code The internal identifier for the concept in the HL7 Access database repository.
Not Selectable notSelectable http://hl7.org/fhir/concept-properties#notSelectable boolean Indicates that the code is abstract - only intended to be used as a selector for other concepts
Status status http://hl7.org/fhir/concept-properties#status code Designation of a concept's state. Normally is not populated unless the state is retired.


This case-sensitive code system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-AddressUse defines the following codes in a Is-A hierarchy:

LvlCodeDisplayDefinitioninternalIdNot SelectableStatus
1 _GeneralAddressUse _GeneralAddressUse

Description: Address uses that can apply to both postal and telecommunication addresses.

22729 true active
2   BAD bad address

Description: A flag indicating that the address is bad, in fact, useless.

22730 active
2   CONF confidential address

Description: Indicates that the address is considered sensitive and should only be shared or published in accordance with organizational controls governing patient demographic information with increased sensitivity. Uses of Addresses. Lloyd to supply more complete description.

22731 active
2   H home address

Description: A communication address at a home, attempted contacts for business purposes might intrude privacy and chances are one will contact family or other household members instead of the person one wishes to call. Typically used with urgent cases, or if no other contacts are available.

22732 active
3     HP primary home

Description: The primary home, to reach a person after business hours.

22733 active
3     HV vacation home

Description: A vacation home, to reach a person while on vacation.

22734 active
2   OLD no longer in use

This address is no longer in use.

Usage Note: Address may also carry valid time ranges. This code is used to cover the situations where it is known that the address is no longer valid, but no particular time range for its use is known.

23468 active
2   TMP temporary address

Description: A temporary address, may be good for visit or mailing. Note that an address history can provide more detailed information.

22735 active
2   WP work place

Description: An office address. First choice for business related contacts during business hours.

22736 active
3     DIR direct

Description: Indicates a work place address or telecommunication address that reaches the individual or organization directly without intermediaries. For phones, often referred to as a 'private line'.

22737 active
3     PUB public

Description: Indicates a work place address or telecommunication address that is a 'standard' address which may reach a reception service, mail-room, or other intermediary prior to the target entity.

22738 active
1 _PostalAddressUse _PostalAddressUse

Description: Address uses that only apply to postal addresses, not telecommunication addresses.

22739 true active
2   PHYS physical visit address

Description: Used primarily to visit an address.

22740 active
2   PST postal address

Description: Used to send mail.

22741 active
1 _TelecommunicationAddressUse _TelecommunicationAddressUse

Description: Address uses that only apply to telecommunication addresses, not postal addresses.

22742 true active
2   AS answering service

Description: An automated answering machine used for less urgent cases and if the main purpose of contact is to leave a message or access an automated announcement.

22743 active
2   EC emergency contact

Description: A contact specifically designated to be used for emergencies. This is the first choice in emergencies, independent of any other use codes.

22744 active
2   MC mobile contact

Description: A telecommunication device that moves and stays with its owner. May have characteristics of all other use codes, suitable for urgent matters, not the first choice for routine business.

22745 active
2   PG pager

Description: A paging device suitable to solicit a callback or to leave a very short message.

22746 active


2024-03-02reviseTIMarc DuteauFix typo in display of one AddressUse concept; up-527
2023-11-14reviseTSMGMarc DuteauAdd standard copyright and contact to internal content; up-476
2022-10-18reviseTSMGMarc DuteauFixing missing metadata; up-349
2022-02-17 00:00:32+1100reviseVocabulary WGGrahame GrievePopulate Missing caseSensitive property; UP-286
2020-05-06reviseVocabulary WGTed KleinMigrated to the UTG maintenance environment and publishing tooling.