I’m trying to understand the difference between Encounter, Episode and Appointment (The different ids).
From the FHIR documentation:
The primary difference between the EpisodeOfCare and the Encounter is that the Encounter records the details of an activity directly relating to the patient, while the EpisodeOfCare is the container that can link a series of Encounters together for problems/issues.
I’ve also read on multiple places that it is used interchangeably, and can be defined as Visit Code too. This mix up of definition is causing confusion.
Is my understanding correct that the flow would be that there is usually an Episode that is made up of multiple Encounters and that is made up of multiple Appointments? What would be the difference in definition with the three?
Thank you in advance!