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Section 1e: Version 3 (V3)
Section 4: Rules and References

HL7 Version 3 Standard: Retrieve, Locate, and Update Service (RLUS) Release 1

DESCRIPTION

The Retrieve, Locate, and Update Service (RLUS) Service Functional Model specify the appropriate capabilities that must be realized by a service interface to locate, retrieve, and update resources (e.g. documents, messages) among and within healthcare organizations.

ALTERNATIVE NAMES

HL7 Version 3 Standard: Retrieve, Locate, and Update Service (RLUS) Release 1 may also go by the following names or acronyms:

"Reaffirmation of HL7 Version 3 Standard: Retrieve, Locate, and Update Service (RLUS), Release 1", "HL7 V3 Standard: Retrieve, Locate and Update Service (RLUS), Release 1", RLUS

TARGETS

  • Healthcare Providers
  • Healthcare IT Vendors
  • Hospitals and Health Networks
  • Clinical and Public Health Laboratories
  • Immunization Registries
  • Regulatory Agency
  • Standards Development Organizations (SDOs)
  • Health Care IT Vendors
  • Pharmaceutical Vendors
  • EHR, PHR Vendors
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems Vendors
  • Emergency Services Providers
  • Local and State Departments of Health
  • Healthcare Institutions (hospitals, long term care, home care, mental health)

BENEFITS

  • Facilitates cost-effective implementation of information exchanges capabilities in a Services oriented architecture
  • Specifies, at its core, a foundational set of CRUD capabilities plus query and location for health information resources management and standardizes the way in which the resources are exposed and consumed, independently from the nature of the resources
  • Occupies the portion of the technology stack that is dedicated to the service space and specify how implementations can interact independently from implementation specific characteristics

IMPLEMENTATIONS/CASE STUDIES

  • Fraunhofer FOKUS (GER) (eFA - Elektronische Fallakte project)
  • Fraunhofer FOKUS (GER) (ePA - Elektronischen Patientenakte project)
  • Dedalus (ITA) (HealthSOAF project)

DEVELOPMENT BACKGROUND

The RLUS Service Functional Model standard is a functional interface specification suitably designed to support service-oriented architectures (SOA), and it’s part of HL7-OMG Healthcare Services Specification Program (HSSP). The complementary technical specifications in WS* and REST technologies, realized by the Object Management Group (OMG), can be downloaded from the OMG site.

A relevant design goal of RLUS is its flexibility and adaptability to different semantic contents. So a relevant concept assumed in RLUS is the Semantic Signifier. 

The purpose of the Semantic Signifier is to separate the functional capabilities of RLUS from the semantic content. In this way RLUS can support different information objects and different metadata sets in a flexible but standardized and consistent interface.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

HL7 Version 3 Standard: Retrieve, Locate, and Update Service (RLUS) Release 1

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The standard is not published separately, but is available as part of the Health Level Seven Version 3 (V3) Normative Edition. See the HL7 Version 3 Product Suite for downloads.

BALLOT TYPE

  • Normative

STATUS DATE

2019-07-19

RESPONSIBLE WORK GROUP

Services Oriented Architecture

PRODUCT TYPE

  • Services

STAKEHOLDERS

  • Clinical and Public Health Laboratories
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems Vendors
  • EHR, PHR Vendors
  • Emergency Services Providers
  • Health Care IT Vendors
  • Healthcare Institutions
  • Immunization Registries
  • Local and State Departments of Health
  • Pharmaceutical Vendors
  • Regulatory Agency
  • Standards Development Organizations (SDOs)

FAMILY

  • V3

CURRENT STATE

  • Stable

REALM

  • Universal