An entity within the SanteDB data model is used to represent a person, place, or thing. Entities represent the who, which and where aspects of an action. Entities are further classified into several sub classes illustrated in Figure 1.

Figure 1 - Entity Classes

Class Codes

Entities are further classified by their class code and determiner code. The determiner code of an entity is responsible from differentiating a type of an entity (i.e. antigen, dose number, material type, etc.) and an instance or series of instances of an entity (an actual vial of vaccine, a box of syringes, etc.). Most entities within the SanteDB system are expected to be stored as instances of entities, classes of entities will primarily be restricted to materials whereby a class of antigens (OPV for example) will have both instances (vials of OPV) and sub-classes of representing dose numbers (OPV0 – OPV3). Provides a summary of the entity classes and how they are classified in the data model.

Entity Class

Class Code




An entity is the base class used to represent a person/place/thing in the SanteDB data model.



A material represents a physical thing to which participates in the delivery of care. For example: a syringe, a box of vaccine, etc.

Manufactured Material


A manufactured material represents a material which is manufactured such as diluent, vaccine, syringes, etc.



A place represents a physical location where health services are provided.



An organization represents an administrative structure which employs providers, operates clinics, etc.



A person represents a human being.



Represents a person who receives health services.



Represents a person who provides health services.



Represents a person who actively uses the system.



Represents a physical object on which health services data is entered, stored, etc.



Represents a piece of software which is used to access, record or update medical data.

Determiner Codes

Determiner codes are used to classify whether a tuple in the entity table represents an actual thing or a classification of things. There are three types of determiner classifications for objects listed in .





The entry in the database represents a one or more occurrences of an entity.

A patient, a facility, an organization, etc.


The entry represents a classification of entities.

A type of material, a type of organization, a type of device.

Quantified Kind

Represents a kind of object which is quantified such as X number of Y.

A dose of vaccine (5ml, etc.)


Figure 2 represents a sample information model of a kit of BCG vaccine. The model illustrates how a single tuples in the SanteDB model are related to one another to represent a kit. The material “BCG Vaccine” is comprised of one dose of “BCG Antigen”, one “Syringe”, and one dose of “BCG Diluent”. A box of “BCG Vaccine” represents 25 single doses of “BCG Vaccine” (meaning 25 syringes, 25 antigen and 25 diluent). Finally, from this we can order (via instantiation or inheriting a kind) a kit of GSK 5ml BCG vaccine. This derivation will have the same rules applied (in that this vaccine must have a syringe, antigen, and diluent.

Figure 2 - Kitting of BCG

Figure 3 represents a complex scenario of kitting a vaccine and then deriving a specific type of kit. The relationship between the instantiation and the generic concepts of the material would have a type of “Manufactured” meaning the “GSK 5 ml BCG” is a manufactured representation of the generic BCGvaccine.

Figure 3 - Instantiating BCG Vaccine kit to Manufactured Materials

The SanteDB model also supports more simplistic representation of a “BCG Vaccine” if kits are not required by the jurisdiction that is implementing SanteDB. Figure 4 illustrates a valid representation of BCG in a jurisdiction where only the antigen is tracked.

Figure 4 - Representing an instance of a KIND of Entity


Entities also support a basic series of states which identify the current status of the entity in the SanteDB data model. Figure 7 illustrates the states of an entity and the valid transitions.

Figure 7 - Entity State Diagram

The states of the entity are:

  • New : The entity instance was just created, and no processing, storage, or business rules have been executed.

  • Active : The entity has been persisted, any necessary review and/or processing has occurred, and the entity record is active.

  • Nullified : Indicates that the entity was created in error, the entity never existed.

  • Obsolete : Indicates that the entity did exist, however it no longer is active.