This Universal Transfer Protocol model applies whenever there is an exchange of information between two or more service providers, and/or the individual, and/or the individual’s immediate caregivers. In this model (key concepts in italics):
- Each exchange has at least one “sender” (e.g. a hospital) and at least one “receiver” (e.g. a SNF or rehab center).
- It is the receivers (ultimately many receivers participate in the care of an individual) whose data needs drive the formal definition of UTP data elements.
- Each exchange has a specific purpose, which determines
- the number and type of data elements,
- the optimum process for exchange, and
- the timeliness required.
- All service providers perform activities that are essential to the care of their patients/clients. Examples include responding to a request for services, collecting data on the client to determine location and type of services, determining eligibility for services, notification of admission to ED. In the UTP model we call these common activities “High Value Activities” to indicate their significance to the service provider. A list of high value activities and data elements will be part of the UTP Charter document.
- Each of these activities generates data. While this data is generated because it is essential to whomever initiates its collection, much of it is also potentially useful to other providers as well.