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The PatientEducation data model can be used to communicate provider-initiated assignments to your system so the patient can view or act on content within your app. 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 system to keep the provider up-to-date. The PatientEducation data model is usually triggered from the EHR system when the clinician creates or updates a patient’s educational plan.

PatientEducation is commonly used for inpatient settings to help prevent readmissions. For example, educational assignments can be done during an inpatient stay while the patient has free time to prepare them for maintaining health after discharge. However, patient education can be used throughout the patient journey. Educational materials may be used before outpatient visits to adequately inform the patient of what to expect during their appointment. Or, post-visit education may be useful for ensuring care plan adherence like correct medication use, diet, or physical activity.

The PatientEducation data model is generally used when connecting to healthcare organizations with a strong focus on patient education and an EHR system with robust interfacing capabilities. Typically, EHR systems make PatientEducation data available via PPR HL7v2-based messages or their own proprietary APIs.