This Implementation Guide covers material related to work in other guides including the Personal Health Device Implementation Guide, and the Point-of-Care Device Genereal Implementation Guide.
The Personal Health Device Implementation guide treats wellness and chronic disease management devices used mainly by nonprofessionals in home and exercise settings. This Guide is focused on acute-care devices for professional use mainly in healthcare delivery facilities. The Personal Health Device, and Point-of-Care Device, and Service-Oriented Device Connectivity guides all use information models and nomenclature from the IEEE 11073 Medical Device Communications series of standards and the guides for these kinds of devices are being developed cooperatively in the Devices On FHIR project with a goal of consistency and ease of use by use by receiving systems.
This Implementation Guide defines the use of FHIR resources to convey measurements and supporting data from acute care point-of-care medical devices (PoCD) to receiving systems for electronic medical records, clinical decision support, and medical data archiving for aggregate quality measurement and research purposes. It could be considered "deep metadata for device observations". Key goals include supplementing the measurement values with full provenance for traceability, and with a further details of device architecture and attributes such as calibration history, battery state than is provided for in a FHIR Observation resource.
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