Terminology owner/maintenance organization

Name, contact details, website

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise

IHE International | TEL 1-630-481-1004 | 820 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Formal name of the code system

IHE Format Code Codesystem

Short name or abbreviation of the code system name

IHE Format Code
Technical identifier/s for the code system 

Canonical URL: http://ihe.net/fhir/ihe.formatcode.fhir/CodeSystem/formatcode

Scope/domain statement for the code system

(Official or from HTA)

The IHE FormatCode code system with canonical URI of http://ihe.net/fhir/ihe.formatcode.fhir/CodeSystem/formatcode is defined to be the set of [FormatCode(s) define by IHE] (http://wiki.ihe.net/index.php?title=IHE_Format_Codes), for use with Document Sharing. This code set additionally includes, as deprecated, format codes defined by HL7 for some Implementation Guides. The HL7 codes are now managed by HL7. The set of IHE FormatCode codes was listed in HITSP C80 Table 2-153 Format Code Value Set Definition, but since has been updated. The use of the FormatCode specifies the technical format of the document. The FormatCode tends to reference the IHE Content Profile (Implementation Guide) that defines the use-case and constraints. The FormatCode is a further specialization more detailed than the mime-type. The FormatCode provides sufficient metadata information to allow any potential document content consumer to know if it can process and/or display by identifying a document encoding, structure and template. The set of codes is intended to be extensible.

Link to information about the code system - including how to obtain the content

Arrangement or agreements with HL7 for use of content

Version management - timing and identification of versionsHistory of changes can be viewed here: https://profiles.ihe.net/fhir/ihe.formatcode.fhir/CodeSystem-formatcode.change.history.html

IP Information and Licensing Information

Some content from IHE® Copyright © 2015 IHE International, Inc.


HL7 users of this information - which HL7 products use this link (if known)

Implementations include

Process to request content change

IHE co-chairs follow the instructions for submitting change to the IHE FormatCode vocabulary as documented on the IHE GitHub repository for this FormatCode implementation guide.

Other useful Information

Information current as at (date)

February 2022
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  1. There are several code systems in use by IHE:

    • (DocumentEntry.healthcareFacilityTypeCode)
    • (DocumentEntry.practiceSettingCode)
    • (DocumentEntry.classCode)
    • (DocumentEntry.typeCode)
    • (DocumentEntry.formatCode)
    • (DocumentEntry.languageCode)
    • (Folder.codeList)
  2. Jessica Bota can you please open the UTG ticket to get this one moved over to THO

  3. John Moehrke - Jess is ready to create the corresponding resources at THO to ensure the metadata is represented there correctly for this code system. Can you please give the information here a final once-over to ensure that it's correct. Jessica Bota will then create the UP JIRA ticket for tracking.

  4. John Moehrke , please this page a final review. Once you approve of the metadata, I will add the code system in THO. Thanks!

  5. John Moehrke , it seems this page is still awaiting your final review prior to being added to THO. Please take a look and we will add to THO if everything checks out. Thank you.

    cc Lisa R. Nelson

  6. I updated a few things. Looks good