HL7 Terminology (THO)
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ValueSet: Encounter class

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/encounter-class Version: 1.0.0
Standards status: Draft Maturity Level: 1 Responsible: FHIR Project team Computable Name: EncounterClass

This value set defines a set of codes that can be used to indicate the class of encounter: a specific code indicating class of service provided.

References

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)

  • Include these codes as defined in http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-ActCode
    CodeDisplayDefinition
    IMPinpatient encounterA patient encounter where a patient is admitted by a hospital or equivalent facility, assigned to a location where patients generally stay at least overnight and provided with room, board, and continuous nursing service.
    AMBambulatoryA comprehensive term for health care provided in a healthcare facility (e.g. a practitioneraTMs office, clinic setting, or hospital) on a nonresident basis. The term ambulatory usually implies that the patient has come to the location and is not assigned to a bed. Sometimes referred to as an outpatient encounter.
    OBSENCobservation encounterAn encounter where the patient usually will start in different encounter, such as one in the emergency department (EMER) but then transition to this type of encounter because they require a significant period of treatment and monitoring to determine whether or not their condition warrants an inpatient admission or discharge. In the majority of cases the decision about admission or discharge will occur within a time period determined by local, regional or national regulation, often between 24 and 48 hours.
    EMERemergencyA patient encounter that takes place at a dedicated healthcare service delivery location where the patient receives immediate evaluation and treatment, provided until the patient can be discharged or responsibility for the patient's care is transferred elsewhere (for example, the patient could be admitted as an inpatient or transferred to another facility.)
    VRvirtualA patient encounter where the patient and the practitioner(s) are not in the same physical location. Examples include telephone conference, email exchange, robotic surgery, and televideo conference.
    HHhome healthHealthcare encounter that takes place in the residence of the patient or a designee

 

Expansion

This value set contains 6 concepts

Expansion based on ActCode v6.1.0 (CodeSystem)

CodeSystemDisplayDefinition
  IMPhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-ActCodeinpatient encounter

A patient encounter where a patient is admitted by a hospital or equivalent facility, assigned to a location where patients generally stay at least overnight and provided with room, board, and continuous nursing service.

  AMBhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-ActCodeambulatory

A comprehensive term for health care provided in a healthcare facility (e.g. a practitioneraTMs office, clinic setting, or hospital) on a nonresident basis. The term ambulatory usually implies that the patient has come to the location and is not assigned to a bed. Sometimes referred to as an outpatient encounter.

  OBSENChttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-ActCodeobservation encounter

An encounter where the patient usually will start in different encounter, such as one in the emergency department (EMER) but then transition to this type of encounter because they require a significant period of treatment and monitoring to determine whether or not their condition warrants an inpatient admission or discharge. In the majority of cases the decision about admission or discharge will occur within a time period determined by local, regional or national regulation, often between 24 and 48 hours.

  EMERhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-ActCodeemergency

A patient encounter that takes place at a dedicated healthcare service delivery location where the patient receives immediate evaluation and treatment, provided until the patient can be discharged or responsibility for the patient's care is transferred elsewhere (for example, the patient could be admitted as an inpatient or transferred to another facility.)

  VRhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-ActCodevirtual

A patient encounter where the patient and the practitioner(s) are not in the same physical location. Examples include telephone conference, email exchange, robotic surgery, and televideo conference.

  HHhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-ActCodehome health

Healthcare encounter that takes place in the residence of the patient or a designee


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

History

DateActionAuthorCustodianComment
2022-09-04createBrian PostlethwaitePAApply Patient Admin approved Terminology changes; up-344