Searching for Data
This section contains information about methods for searching for data in the CDR.
In addition to implementing most of the FHIR Search specification, Smile CDR implements the following extensions:
An additional search parameter called
_source can be used to search for resources based on information about the system or request that created the resource. See Storing Source Information.
Date searches can be performed relative to "now" using the
%now parameter value. For example, to search for Procedures with a date later than now, you can search for
Note the '%' would need to be URL escaped so the actual URL will be
The way this works is Smile substitutes
%now with the current date and time in the standard FHIR format
yyyy-MM-ddTHH:mm:ss before submitting it to the FHIR Storage module.
Similarly date searches can be performed relative to 'today' using the '%today' parameter value. '%today' works the same as '%now' except that it searches as a 'date' type as opposed to a 'dateTime' type.
Smile CDR does not currently support the
_containedType FHIR Search parameter, or the
_contained=both directive. See Index Contained for information on indexing contained resources.
Smile CDR searches may not correctly process
:[type] modifiers if the resource indicated by the modified search parameter is a contained resource. For example, consider the following search.
Observation/A has a reference to
Device/B, which in turn has a reference to
Organization/C has the name "HealthOrg". In this case,
Observation/A will not be included in the search result, because the
subject search parameter is restricted to
Patient resources. However, if
Observation/D has a reference to
#contained-device, which also refers to
Observation/D will be included in the search result, because we can not apply the type restriction to contained resources.