Resources available from Bundles, but not via Resource ID

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Keith Welch

Mar 24, 2019, 8:16:30 PM3/24/19
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Using HAPI FHIR against the sandbox, I have noticed some odd behavior involving the following resource types:


  • Observation
  • Binary
  • DiagnosticReport

When I query with a patient or subject (perhaps with a category), I am always returned a Bundle, which contain the expected resources. However, if I obtain the resource ID by other means, and try to access the resource directly, like  Observation/M9115382, I am returned an empty string.

I don't generally need to obtain resources this way, so I may have just not encountered this behavior. Is this intentional, or just a problem in the sandbox? I have included the response headers, in case it needs to be investigated (note the zero length content).


Keith Welch

Content-Type →application/json
Content-Length →0
Connection →keep-alive
Date →Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:10:14 GMT
x-amzn-RequestId →5d244348-4e92-11e9-aa81-b3926f62629e
x-amzn-Remapped-Content-Length →0
X-Request-Id →5d244348-4e92-11e9-aa81-b3926f62629e
Server-Response-Time →3.954681
x-amz-apigw-id →XElgCFXvPHcF7sA=
Vary →Origin,User-Agent
Cache-Control →no-cache
Status →404 Not Found
x-amzn-Remapped-Date →Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:10:14 GMT
X-Cache →Error from cloudfront
X-Amz-Cf-Id →z6kRnaOAdCeTzdZGVcp6Fx0EXvOY7ojPGJ63Ioh7VmMb3owqgED2vw==

Benjamin Eichhorn (Cerner)

Mar 24, 2019, 9:43:06 PM3/24/19
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Hi Keith,

Retrieving by ID for Observation and DiagnosticReport is not supported at this time. You can see all of our available functionality by visiting

Ben (Cerner)
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