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Question

Why did mCODE use MedicationStatement instead of MedicationRequest? 

Answer

The purpose of the MedicationRequest profile is to signify a medication has been ordered, not necessarily that the patient took the medication.

However, MedicationStatement falls short in quite a number of use cases which needs a combination of MedicationAdministration and MedicationRequest to have a deeper alignment with Treatment-related outcomes. It should be revisited in potential STU2 discussions.

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