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Specimen

Data Element

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Specimen collection date
Description
Date/time when clinical specimen was collected from subject patient.

Comment

APHL comment to add into USCDIV2

This data element is esssential to understand the clinical impact of the laboratory result - it is the same as the clinically relevant date/time that USCDI unfortunately labeled test performed date/time (while in real time procedures like radiology the clinically relevant time and the test perfromed time are the same for laboratory samples the test result will give you infomration about the state of the patent at the time the sample was collected).

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