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This is a supplement to the IHE Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Technical Framework V8.0. Each supplement undergoes a process of public comment and trial implementation before being incorporated into the volumes of the Technical Frameworks.

This supplement was published on September 27, 2017 for Public Comment, with a comment period extending to mid-November. The current content is the Trial Implementation version, which has taken in consideration the comments received.

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Following authors mainly contributed to this document:

  • Francois Macary, PHAST, Paris
  • Dr. Gunter Haroske, Federal Association of German Pathologists, Berlin
  • Dr. Frank Oemig, Deutsche Telekom Healthcare Solutions GmbH, Bonn
  • Dr. Riki Merrick, APHL, San Francisco
  • Dr. Raj Dash, Duke University, Durham

They have to acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Kai U. Heitmann, who managed the cooperation between PaLM and ART-DECOR. It was the very first time that a complete IHE TF document could be developed by means of the ART-DECOR tools and a media wiki.

Introduction to this Supplement

This supplement complements volume 1 of the PaLM technical framework with the description of the APSR 2.0 content profile, and volume 3 with the bindings, content modules and value sets, which specify this profile.

Open Issues and Questions

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Closed Issues

APSR-07 – Representing the hierarchy of specimens in an entry : This APSR supplement enables to represent the hierarchy of specimens at the CDA level 3. The operations on specimen and production of child specimens are tracked in the “Procedure Steps” section, which has a level 3 entry.

APSR-10 – Observation related to multiple specimens: For example tumor staging may require combining data from multiple specimens (e.g., a breast excision with positive margins followed by a re-excision with clear margins – in this case the tumor size may be a composite of measurements from both specimens. Another example is staging of ovarian carcinomas with multiple biopsies of pelvis, peritoneum, nodes, omentum, etc.). To accommodate these use cases, each problem organizer as well as each observation may reference any number of specimens using the <specimen> child element. Each of these references may point to a detailed description of the specimen, in the "procedure steps" section.

APSR-11 – Derivative specimens:Specimens derived from primary specimens for ancillary studies, which may be sent to a reference lab or done in another part of the same institution, are included in the scope of this profile. The results produced on a derived specimen are attached to this specimen in the report.