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Solution Data Model

Solution Data Model

Data model

In order to support the Consumer and Provider interactions with the NRLS the Pointer has been distilled into a data model. The data model is purposefully lean, each property has a clear reason to exist and it directly supports the activities of the Consumer and/or Provider.

Property Cardinality Description
Identifier 0..1 Assigned by the NRLS at creation time. Uniquely identifies this record within an instance of the NRLS. Used by Providers to update or delete.
Version 0..1 Assigned by the NRLS at creation or update time. Used to track the current version of a Pointer.
Master Identifier 0..1 The masterIdentifier is the identifier of the document as assigned by the source of the document. It is version specific – i.e. a new one is required if the document is updated. It is an optional field, providers do not have to supply a value.
Status 1..1 The status of the pointer
Patient 1..1 The Patient that the record referenced by this Pointer relates to. Supports Pointer retrieval scenarios.
Pointer owner 1..1 The entity who maintains the Pointer. Used to control which systems can modify the Pointer
Pointer reference 1..* The record that is being referenced
Record owner 1..1 The entity who maintains the Record. Used to provide the Consumer with context around who they will be interacting with if retrieving the Record.
Record creation datetime 0..1 The date and time (on the Provider’s system) that the record was created. Note that this is an optional field and is meant to convey the concept of a static record.
Record type 1..1 The clinical type of the record. Used to support searching to allow Consumers to make sense of large result sets of Pointers. The clinical type will be one of a controlled set. It will not be possible to create a pointer with a type that does not exist within this controlled set.
Record URL 1..1 The location of the record on the Provider’s system
Record mime type 1..1 Describes the format of the record such that the Consumer can pick an appropriate mechanism to handle the record. Without it the Consumer would be in the dark as to how to deal with the Record
Related Documents 0..* Relationship to other documents
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