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Pathology API standards

API standards to enable the exchange of Pathology data between systems.

Overview

Use these API standards to enable the exchange of Pathology data between systems.

Over time, we have developed a number of API standards for different purposes which are outlined below.

Before you begin any development work using these API standards, contact us to discuss your best options.

API standards

Year  Name Version Status & Notes Links
2003  NHS Requirements for Pathology Messaging
PMIP/PMEP EDIFACT
v1.003 Current - the standard used for pathology test results sent from laboratories to GP practices https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20150107145848/http:/www.isb.nhs.uk/documents/isb-1557/amd-39-2003
2008  Laboratory
HL7 V3 
v1.2
[Draft]
Not widely adopted - only used as part of the NHS Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme https://data.developer.nhs.uk/dms/mim/6.3.01/Index.htm
under Domains -> Health and Clinical Management -> Laboratory
2016  FHIR Implementation Guide for Diagnostic Services 
HL7 FHIR STU2
v1.0 
DRAFT B
Not implemented - broader in scope than pathology, includes other diagnostic services https://data.developer.nhs.uk/fhir/dds-draft-b/DDS-Version-1-0-Draft-B/Chapter.1.About/index.html
2019 

National Pathology FHIR Messaging Specifications

HL7 FHIR STU3
v1.1.0-
experimental
Future - the standard that will replace the current PMIP/PMEP EDIFACT standard https://developer.nhs.uk/apis/itk3nationalpathology-1-1-0/

 

Last edited: 18 November 2020 2:48 pm