These Design Guides are two of nine documents relating to patient demographic data which have been adopted by the
Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care (ISB)
as a full standard for implementation in healthcare systems.
Further information can be found at
Information Standards Board.
The Design Guidance – Date Display document
provides you with guidance and recommendations for displaying single, precise dates
in clinical applications. It enables unambiguous date display, while enhancing patient
safety and clinical application usability, by eliminating confusion between day,
month and year elements.
Dates can be displayed in short and long formats. The short format is commonly used
as it prevents international users from confusing day and month elements and presents
the dates in a concise, easily readable and unambiguous form.
The Design Guidance – Date and Time Input document provides you with guidance
and recommendations for entering date information in clinical applications.
The accurate entry of dates is a fundamental function within clinical applications,
and, in many cases, has safety implications for patients within clinical and administrative
processes. The guidance given enables unambiguous date entry, while enhancing patient
safety and clinical application usability by:
The Date Display guidance focuses on displaying the date element and includes recommendations
The Date Input guidance focuses on date input and includes recommendations for:
Quick Implementation Guides (QIG) present Design Guidance content in a more consumable, visual manner. Each QIG contains all design guidance points (mandatory and recommended) accompanied by example diagrams to illustrate their application.
A set of Crib Sheets also support Design Guidance interpretation, but concentrate on a specific areas of Guidance. Consequently users are able to download a crib sheet pertinent to a particular topic.
These documents are offered by way of quick reference to already familiar guidance. However, remember that the full and definitive versions of the Design Guidance include further usage examples (showing both correct and incorrect application) and detail the rationale behind the guidance.