FHIR - Document Validity Indicator

Hello all,

Is there any mechanism within FHIR to describe how long a document is valid for? Almost like a best before date or something similar?

Also, is there any recognized way to mark a record as non complete, or that a document is only partial?

The FHIR Document Reference includes DocumentReference.context that describes
“The clinical context in which the document was prepared.”
“These values are primarily added to help with searching for interesting/relevant documents.”

“The time period over which the service that is described by the document was provided”

So you know the clinical time of the document, as opposed to just when it was written, or indexed etc., which may be more recent.

There is also a link to the Encounter, so you can see the care itself. This could be used in theory to see if there were other encounters about the same thing, which may be better sources of documentation.

Re “partial”, DocumentReference also has a “docStatus” that says if the content is preliminary or final etc in terms of workflow.


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Thanks for this - very helpful and likely exactly what I was looking for. Many thanks.

If you are referring to FHIR Documents, then you can make use of extensions. https://www.hl7.org/fhir/extensibility.html

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Interesting, I’ll have to look into this a little more. It may prove useful in other areas as well.