The HL7 FHIR Implementation Guide for Emergency Room Referrals is designed to streamline the patient referral process from referring hospitals to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), focusing specifically on emergency room (ER) cases. The primary goal is to improve patient care by optimizing the referral process, ensuring efficient communication, and facilitating the secure and rapid transfer of essential patient information.

The key stakeholders involved in the implementation of this guide include BGHMC, the receiving hospital, and referring hospitals wishing to refer their ER patients. BGHMC, as the receiving hospital, relies on this guide to manage referrals effectively and provide timely and appropriate care to ER patients. Referring hospitals, the primary users of the guide, depend on it to transmit patient data securely and efficiently.

The motivation behind this implementation guide is driven by the urgent need to enhance the patient referral process in emergency situations. Quick and accurate data transfer is critical for ensuring timely and effective medical care. Delays or inaccuracies in this process can have a significant impact on patient outcomes. By adopting HL7 FHIR standards and utilizing this guide, healthcare facilities aim to improve patient care, ensure data consistency, promote interoperability, and align with relevant healthcare regulations and standards.

The guide acknowledges the tentative nature of all its components, including profiles, extensions, and terminologies. It is designed to be flexible and responsive to evolving needs and requirements. As healthcare practices and technology advance, the guide remains adaptable, accommodating changes and updates as necessary to ensure it continues to serve its purpose effectively.

This implementation guide aligns with existing healthcare standards and guidelines, integrating the FHIR standard to ensure compatibility with the broader healthcare ecosystem. It also seeks to harmonize with other related standards and regional healthcare regulations that impact the referral process. The Implementation Guide for Emergency Room Referrals serves as a vital tool to enhance the quality of emergency medical care, standardizing the process and promoting interoperability between healthcare facilities.