Sharing Documents and IHE XDS

  • Tim Benson
  • Grahame Grieve
Part of the Health Information Technology Standards book series (HITS)


IHE XDS (cross-enterprise document sharing) can be used to share documents between different organizations using a common portal. The XDS registry holds document metadata, which can be searched to retrieve appropriate documents stored in XDS repositories. The local specifications for metadata are defined in an affinity domain. The metadata includes information about each document, the patient, author, event and technical data. A number of related specifications have been defined as extensions.


XDS Source Repository Registry Consumer Patient Identity Source Metadata Affinity Domain PIX (patient identifier cross-referencing) PDQ (patient demographics query) Submission set Direct project HISP (health information service provider) DSUB (document metadata subscription) ATNA (audit trail and node authentication) BPPC (basic patient privacy consent) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Benson
    • 1
  • Grahame Grieve
    • 2
  1. 1.R-Outcomes LtdNewburyUK
  2. 2.Health Intersections Pty LtdMelbourneAustralia

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