A formally or informally recognized grouping of people or organizations formed for the purpose of achieving some form of collective action. Includes companies, institutions, corporations, departments, community groups, healthcare practice groups, etc.

0. References

1. Read

Return a single Organization for the specified id.

All requests SHALL contain a valid ‘Authorization’ header and SHALL contain an ‘Accept’ header. The `Accept` header indicates the format of the response the client is able to understand, this will be one of the following application/json+fhir or application/xml+fhir.

1.1. Response

A full set of response codes can be found here API Response Codes. FHIR Servers SHALL support the following response codes:

200 successful operation
404 resource not found
410 resource deleted

Fetches a bundle of all Organization resources for the specified search criteria.

All requests SHALL contain a valid ‘Authorization’ header and SHALL contain an ‘Accept’ header. The `Accept` header indicates the format of the response the client is able to understand, this will be one of the following application/json+fhir or application/xml+fhir.

2.1. Search Parameters

This implementation guide outlines some suggested search parameters for the Organization resource in the table below. To be conformant, provider systems are required to implement all of the SHALL parameters. Provider systems may implement the full list of search parameters for the Organization resource (HL7 FHIR DSTU2 Organization).


Name Type Description Conformance Path
identifier token Any identifier for the organization (e.g. SDS/ODS code) MAY Organization.identifier
name string A portion of the organization's name MAY Organization.name

2.1.1. identifier (SDS/ODS Code)

See token for details on this parameter.

GET [baseUrl]/Organization?identifier=https://fhir.nhs.uk/Id/ods-organization-code|RTG

Return all Organization resources with NHS Organisation of RTG (Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust).

2.1.2. name

See string for details on this parameter.

GET [baseUrl]/Organization?name=Derby%20Teaching%20Hospitals%20NHS%20Trust

Return all Organization resources with Name of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

2.2. Search Response

If the search fails (cannot be executed, not that there is no matches), the return value is a status code 4xx or 5xx with an OperationOutcome.

If the search succeeds, the return content is a Bundle with type = searchset containing the results of the search as a list of resources in a defined order. The result list can be long, so servers MAY use paging. If they do, they SHALL use this Paging method for breaking the list into pages if appropriate. The server MAY also return an OperationOutcome resource with additional information about the search; if one is sent it SHALL NOT include any errors, and it shall be marked with an entry mode of include.

A full set of response codes can be found here API Response Codes. FHIR Servers SHALL support the following response codes:

200 successful operation
404 resource not found
410 resource deleted

3. Example

3.1 Request Query

Return all Organization resources with a ODS Code of C81010, the format of the response body will be xml. Replace ‘baseUrl’ with the actual base Url of the FHIR Server.

3.1.1. cURL

curl -H 'Accept: application/xml+fhir' -H 'Authorization: BEARER [token]' -X GET  '[baseUrl]/Organization?identifier=https://fhir.nhs.uk/Id/ods-organization-code|C81010'

3.2 Query Response

3.2.1 Http Headers

3.2.2 Http Body