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DAPB4013: Medicine and Allergy/Intolerance Data Transfer

An information standard which sets out definitions to be used when a health professional sends or receives patient medication and allergy/intolerance information, by computer system, between care locations.

About this information standard

NHSX has commissioned NHS Digital to produce an Information Standard which puts in place definitions that are to be used when a health professional sends or receives patient medication and allergy/intolerance information, by computer system, between care locations.

The purpose is to ensure that medication and allergy information is transferred between systems and locations in a machine-readable format. This will be achieved by:

● transferring medication information using the newest UK version of FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource), using either ‘Medication Codable Concept’ or ‘Medication Resource’ as is most appropriate to the use case

● usage of dose syntax to transfer the amount of medication per dose as a simple coded quantity

● transferring allergy/intolerance information using SNOMED CT and dm+d codes.

This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the requirements specification provides further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.


Current release

Release date 30 September 2021
Release number Amd 5/2021
Release title Initial Standard
Stage Implementation (1 October 2021 to 31 March 2023)
Key documents
Supporting documents
Further information

NHS Digital: Interoperable Medicines

FHIR UK Core:  Published versions of the UK Core Implementation Guide


Updates

20: October 2022: A minor editorial change has been made to the Requirements Specification to ensure that version numbers are consistent. A draft version number (1.4) was present in the document, this has now been corrected. Please note that the current controlled version is v1.2. Further, the update note which referenced the original date of publication as 2022 has now been corrected to 2021. No other changes have been made. 

8 Sept 2022: The developers have redrafted the Requirements Specification (uplifted to version 1.2) to provide more information about the requirements and to clarify NHS Digital and NHS England are re-architecting the current Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). 

23 May 2022: A 'Supplemental guidance' document has been published by the developers of DAPB4013 at NHS Digital, to summarise and answer common user queries from users implementing the standard. This document has been added to 'Supporting documents' in the table above.  

21 March 2022: A minor editorial change has been made to the Corrigendum and Requirements Specification. This update relates to a correction to the hyperlink for the 'Self-assurance guidance' in each document. No other changes to the documents have been made. 

9 November 2021: Publication of Corrigendum in respect of the Initial Standard, supported by changes to the Requirements Specification (uplifted to document version 1.1). See Corrigendum above for full details.

Last edited: 18 January 2023 2:01 pm