For a planned future encounter with Encounter.status = “planned” would it be appropriate to set Encounter.period to the expected future admission and discharge dates?
Not 100% too sure, but if you have an Encounter.appointment or Encounter.basedOn then I would imagine the planned encounter period details could be obtained from the referenced appointment or service request, but if not (since both Encounter.appointment and Encounter.basedOn are optional) then I guess we could thus maybe conclude that Encounter.period is appropriate to use for that purpose?
This use of the encounter period with status of planned would be acceptable, but also the use of the Appointment that leads to the encounter would also be appropriate.
If you were wanting to track the planned vs actual then you would really need to be using the Appointment times as the planned values, as the encounter will be updated with the real values once it begins.
There has also been discussion around if the planned discharge date should be somewhere, and Patient Administration will further discuss this.
A new section is likely to be added into the specification on the Encounter to clarify all this.
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