Understanding the PatientEducation Data Model

When do I need to use the PatientEducation Data Model?

The PatientEducation Data Model relates to communicating management of a patient’s education content with an EHR. PatientEducation can be used to communicate provider-initiated assignments to applications so the patient can view or act on the content there. Progress or completion on that assigned material or ad-hoc educational activities that the patient may find and complete can be sent back to the EHR to keep the provider up-to-date.

The PatientEducation Data Model is usually triggered from the EHR when the clinician creates or updates a patient’s educational plan.

When and where can the PatientEducation Data Model be supported?

PatientEducation is commonly used in inpatient settings to help prevent re-admissions. Educational materials assigned during an admission can be acted upon while the patient has free time in order to prepare them for the steps they’ll need to take to stay healthy after discharge, for instance. However, patient education can be used in all phases of care. Educational materials may be used before outpatient visits in order to adequately inform the patient of what to expect during their appointment. Similarly, after-visit education may be useful for ensuring care plan adherence, such as correct medication use, diet, or physical activity.

You’ll find the PatientEducation data model is used most commonly when connecting to healthcare organizations with a strong focus on patient education and an EHR with robust interfacing capabilities.  Typically EHRs will make the PatientEducation data available via PPR HL7v2-based messages or vendor specific APIs.