There are several fields in our HL7 API which accept coded data. These come in 3 different flavours.
Code set flavours
Some of the fields have a mandated code set. Where this is the case, we provide the relevant code set that you must use.
Local codes (mapped by PKB)
Other fields do not have a mandated code set, but we ask that you let us know what codes you will be using. By providing your code set, we will be able to process your data in a way that allows us to add extra value, for example bymapping laboratory test codes to show test names in the user's language along with explanations and links to extra information. Please see the notes column below to understand more about how we use your data.
Local codes (for local use only)
Finally, some fields do not have a mandated code set and are not mapped to standardised codes. These fields are typically not processed by PKB beyond a simple store, retrieve and display, so you are welcome to send through your own local codes and do not need to tell us what they are.
Declaring this code set allows PKB to map your codes to standard LOINC codes. This allows meaningful comparison between results sent from different institutions, and allows us to explain the result to the patient in their own language.
Your HL7 username. This allows us to identify your interface.
Which server environment you would like to update (e.g. sandbox, UK production)
Which code set you would like to be updated (e.g. Hospital service)
An attachment containing the full code set, in the correct format (see example file). Please do provide the full code set each time you request a change, as this has proven to be the safest way of avoiding miscommunication. After the update has been applied, we will confirm which codes were added/removed/changed. We encourage you to confirm the change has been successful by checking the end result using your Organisation Administration login.
The updated code sets will only affect data processed after they have been applied.
PKB uses your Order Service Code Set for 1 function: