Understanding the Redox Flowsheets Data Model

When do I need to use the Flowsheets data model?

The Redox Flowsheets data model is used to transmit discrete clinical data to or from an EHR, which can include: inpatient and outpatient assessment information, vitals, patient reported outcomes, device data, and other discrete clinical documentation.

How is the Flowsheets data model different from the Results data model?

The main difference between these models is where the data will end up within an EHR destination. The Flowsheets model is more appropriate for workflows where the same type of discrete data is being measured and reported regularly. A number of EHRs support some kind of flowsheet activity where this data will show up and viewed together, which makes identifying trends easier. The Results model is usually better suited to situations where a one-off value, many times the result of some kind of order that was placed for a patient, is being sent to the patient’s chart. This data will show up wherever lab results are in the EHR.

How is the Flowsheets data model different from the Device data model?

The Redox Flowsheets and Device models are almost identical save for one key difference: the Device model requires a device identifier to match the results with the patient’s chart while the Flowsheets model (and almost every other Redox data model) requires a patient identifier. The device data model is useful for workflows where an EHR is distributing the device to the patient and so can already match the device ID to the patient record; the application sending the device data back to the chart only needs to include the device identifier.