The "Create Patient" interaction empowers applications to register new patients with the EHR. The availability of this interaction may vary, depending on the provider and the EHR system in use. If permitted by the provider/EHR, this feature becomes a valuable asset in the toolkit of digital health applications.
Consider a scenario where an application aims to refer patients to a hospital for specialized care. Often, these patients may not yet have existing records within the hospital's EHR system. With the "Create Patient" interaction the application can first register the patient with the EHR before sending the referral. This proactive approach ensures that incoming referrals are seamlessly linked to a patient record, allowing healthcare providers to track and manage patient events accurately.
It will depend on the hospital and the EHR what the minimum required set of data is to register a new patient. The Patient Resource can contain any of the attributes as defined in the FHIR standard.
A patient can be created by sending a Patient resource in a FHIR structured JSON body to the Founda Platform. The body has to be sent with a POST request to the Patient endpoint, depending on your region: https://api.<region>.founda.com/1/health/organizations/<org-x>/fhir/4/Patient