Metadata, or data that describes other data.

Data Element

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Purpose of Capture
Purpose of Capture describes why a dataset or data elements were originated (collected, captured, sourced), updated, verified, attested, transformed... Often needed to ensure Purpose of Capture is equivalent or compatible with each potential Purpose of Use. Provenance set includes the who, what, when, where and why as metadata for USCDI data classes and data elements. Purpose of Capture is part of “why”. Purpose of Capture should be associated with each USCDI dataset or data element that has a unique provenance set. Occurs when data is originated (captured, collected or sourced), updated, verified, attested, transformed (e.g., to/from exchange artifact such as HL7 v2 message, document or FHIR resource instance). Note that Purpose of Capture may be intrinsic to what the source EHR/HIT system already knows, thus it will not require extra data collection (burden) by the clinician or other end user.


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