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Health Care Encounters

  • A health care client may have multiple health conditions, which may be transient or chronic. A chronic condition may have co-morbidity with other chronic conditions.
  • A health care client may have multiple health care encounters to address one or more health concerns. A health concern may be caused by a life event, and may not necessarily be a health problem, e.g. the need for a medical exam for travel purposes or a pilot’s license.
  • Health care providers may be provider organizations or provider persons, and may provide services at a health product location or at other locations such as in-home care or flu shots in a mall or retail pharmacy. Requisitions may include referrals and orders for products or services.
  • Two types of health care encounters – those involving a provider person, and self-care encounters – produce health care encounter outputs, although the range of output types from self-care encounters is more limited. Both may involve client supporters, and they occur at encounter locations which may also be a health product location. 
  • Provider encounters related to the same health condition and the same provider person may be grouped as provider episodes of care, and links between provider episodes of care may also be made. Related episodes may involve the same or another provider person, and may be for the same or different health condition. Example: a health care client has separate episodes of care for diabetes and heart disease with different specialists. Each provider contributing to the resolution of the health issue has a set of records to document his/her provider episode of care.
  • Health product locations are places where health products are available, and where provider organizations or provider persons operate. A location may be situated within a larger location – e.g. an emergency department within a hospital – or in a separate location such as a clinician’s office. 
  • While the health care encounter represents a care event, the health care encounter output represents the results of that event. There are several different types of outputs, including observations, clinical procedures that may implant devices in health care clients, dispense of devices and medication, requisitions for a health product or a referral to a health care provider, and diagnoses that may identify health conditions.
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