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[Gnumed-devel] Episodes and imported path / lab data

From: Jim Busser
Subject: [Gnumed-devel] Episodes and imported path / lab data
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 00:22:54 -0700

If (at a later stage) lab requests would originate from GNUmed, it could be 
keyed with a particular episode of a health issue and the returning 
test_results could inherit the same episode key.

However, do we especially want each test_result to be associated with one 
particular clinical episode? For any instance of more than one problem getting 
care (at the same encounter) when the tests were ordered, the test results can 
easily relate to more than one problem.

A query could be managed without particular episode attachments, because the 
encounter at which the test-results were imported will presumably overlap the 
time period when the episode(s) were active.

I had been thinking whether to propose that every patient have created for them 
(during test_results import) an episode of description

        'unassociated lab data'

which can always be "closed" and simply be added-to with each import. But then 
I thought "well, what does this really achieve?".

So… may column fk_episode be removed from table test_result ?

-- Jim

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