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Section 1e: Version 3 (V3)
Section 2: Clinical and Administrative Domains

HL7 Version 3 Domain Analysis Model: Care Plan, Release 1


This project encompasses several years of discussion and work within the HL7 Patient Care Work Group in collaboration with several other teams to produce artifacts defining requirements, information models, contextual storyboards and definitions of terms that collectively articulate the care planning processes and care plan structure.  One of the key objectives was to produce a care plan model and associated infrastructure robust enough to support the design and implementation of the variety of care plans known to this project. 

The care plan is a highly discussed (and at times debated) topic in many healthcare venues throughout the world.  Identification of what is needed within the care plan for coordination of care and healthcare delivery in general is needed. There is strong support from multiple stakeholders throughout the healthcare arena to define a domain analysis model (including the information model) for the care plan within HL7 as quickly as possible.   


HL7 Version 3 Domain Analysis Model: Care Plan, Release 1 may also go by the following names or acronyms:

"V3 DAM: Care Plan, R1", CP DAM, Care Plan DAM


  • Standards Development Organizations (SDOs)
  • Payors
  • Professional and Government Organizations
  • EHR, PHR Vendors
  • Health Care IT Vendors
  • Emergency Services Providers
  • Local and State Departments of Health
  • Healthcare Institutions (hospitals, long term care, home care, mental health)


  • Provides an information model to consistently define elements included in a Care Plan to promote interoperability between health care settings and providers
  • Describes and supports the need and use of static vs Dynamic Care Plans
  • Encompasses the contribution of multiple disciplines, agencies and nations towards the definition of Care Plan


  • IHE Dynamic Care Plan Profile


The topic of care plan and care coordination has become a focus of several national and international discussions.  In the US the ONC Standards & Interoperability Framework has addressed the use of care plan and care plan components in both the Transition of Care and Longitudinal Care Coordination Initiatives, the National Quality Forum has sponsored Technical Expert Panels and the development of quality measures related to care plan.  The Patient Care Coordination Committees at IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) and multiple workgroups at HL7 have all had projects related to defining care plan elements and promoting interoperability of the artifacts.  This CP DAM committee has worked diligently to share, collaborate and coordinate this effort with the efforts these other organizations to remain closely aligned.  Although impossible to maintain complete agreement it is a shared goal of all interested parties to share and cross pollinate between the efforts towards a more cohesive and aligned vision and direction.


HL7 Version 3 Domain Analysis Model: Care Plan, Release 1

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HL7 Service Functional Model; Coordination of Care Service (CCS), STU Release 1 (View Brief)


  • Cardiology
  • Care Provision
  • Community-Based Health
  • Patient Care
  • Patient Referral
  • Pharmacy


  • Informative




Patient Care


  • Domain Analysis Model


  • EHR, PHR Vendors
  • Emergency Services Providers
  • Health Care IT Vendors
  • Healthcare Institutions
  • Local and State Departments of Health
  • Payors
  • Standards Development Organizations (SDOs)


  • V3


  • Active


  • Universal