Get FHIR resource history

Get a version of a FHIR resource by version ID.

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Code sample


To authenticate to Cloud Healthcare API, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for a local development environment.

import (

	healthcare ""

// getFHIRResourceHistory gets an FHIR resource history.
func getFHIRResourceHistory(w io.Writer, projectID, location, datasetID, fhirStoreID, resourceType, fhirResourceID, versionID string) error {
	ctx := context.Background()

	healthcareService, err := healthcare.NewService(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("healthcare.NewService: %w", err)

	fhirService := healthcareService.Projects.Locations.Datasets.FhirStores.Fhir

	name := fmt.Sprintf("projects/%s/locations/%s/datasets/%s/fhirStores/%s/fhir/%s/%s/_history/%s", projectID, location, datasetID, fhirStoreID, resourceType, fhirResourceID, versionID)

	resp, err := fhirService.Vread(name).Do()
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("Vread: %w", err)

	defer resp.Body.Close()

	respBytes, err := ioutil.ReadAll(resp.Body)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("could not read response: %w", err)

	if resp.StatusCode > 299 {
		return fmt.Errorf("Vread: status %d %s: %s", resp.StatusCode, resp.Status, respBytes)
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "%s", respBytes)

	return nil


To authenticate to Cloud Healthcare API, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for a local development environment.

import java.util.Collections;
import org.apache.http.HttpEntity;
import org.apache.http.HttpResponse;
import org.apache.http.HttpStatus;
import org.apache.http.client.HttpClient;
import org.apache.http.client.methods.HttpUriRequest;
import org.apache.http.client.methods.RequestBuilder;
import org.apache.http.client.utils.URIBuilder;
import org.apache.http.impl.client.HttpClients;

public class FhirResourceGetHistory {
  private static final String FHIR_NAME =
  private static final JsonFactory JSON_FACTORY = new GsonFactory();
  private static final NetHttpTransport HTTP_TRANSPORT = new NetHttpTransport();

  public static void fhirResourceGetHistory(String resourceName, String versionId)
      throws IOException, URISyntaxException {
    // String resourceName =
    //    String.format(
    //        FHIR_NAME, "project-id", "region-id", "dataset-id", "store-id", "resource-type",
    // "resource-id");
    // String versionId = "version-uuid"

    // Initialize the client, which will be used to interact with the service.
    CloudHealthcare client = createClient();

    HttpClient httpClient = HttpClients.createDefault();
    String uri = String.format("%sv1/%s/_history/%s", client.getRootUrl(), resourceName, versionId);
    URIBuilder uriBuilder = new URIBuilder(uri).setParameter("access_token", getAccessToken());

    HttpUriRequest request =
            .addHeader("Content-Type", "application/fhir+json")
            .addHeader("Accept-Charset", "utf-8")
            .addHeader("Accept", "application/fhir+json; charset=utf-8")

    // Execute the request and process the results.
    HttpResponse response = httpClient.execute(request);
    HttpEntity responseEntity = response.getEntity();
    if (response.getStatusLine().getStatusCode() != HttpStatus.SC_OK) {
              "Exception retrieving FHIR history: %s\n", response.getStatusLine().toString()));
      throw new RuntimeException();
    System.out.println("FHIR resource retrieved from version: ");

  private static CloudHealthcare createClient() throws IOException {
    // Use Application Default Credentials (ADC) to authenticate the requests
    // For more information see
    GoogleCredentials credential =

    // Create a HttpRequestInitializer, which will provide a baseline configuration to all requests.
    HttpRequestInitializer requestInitializer =
        request -> {
          new HttpCredentialsAdapter(credential).initialize(request);
          request.setConnectTimeout(60000); // 1 minute connect timeout
          request.setReadTimeout(60000); // 1 minute read timeout

    // Build the client for interacting with the service.
    return new CloudHealthcare.Builder(HTTP_TRANSPORT, JSON_FACTORY, requestInitializer)

  private static String getAccessToken() throws IOException {
    GoogleCredentials credential =

    return credential.refreshAccessToken().getTokenValue();


To authenticate to Cloud Healthcare API, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for a local development environment.

const google = require('@googleapis/healthcare');
const healthcare ={
  version: 'v1',
  auth: new google.auth.GoogleAuth({
    scopes: [''],

const getFhirResourceHistory = async () => {
  // TODO(developer): uncomment these lines before running the sample
  // const cloudRegion = 'us-central1';
  // const projectId = 'adjective-noun-123';
  // const datasetId = 'my-dataset';
  // const fhirStoreId = 'my-fhir-store';
  // const resourceType = 'Patient';
  // const resourceId = '16e8a860-33b3-49be-9b03-de979feed14a';
  // const versionId = 'MTU2NPg3NDgyNDAxMDc4OTAwMA';
  const name = `projects/${projectId}/locations/${cloudRegion}/datasets/${datasetId}/fhirStores/${fhirStoreId}/fhir/${resourceType}/${resourceId}/_history/${versionId}`;
  const request = {name};

  const resource =
    await healthcare.projects.locations.datasets.fhirStores.fhir.vread(
  console.log(JSON.stringify(, null, 2));



To authenticate to Cloud Healthcare API, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for a local development environment.

# Imports the types Dict and Any for runtime type hints.
from typing import Any, Dict  # noqa: E402

def get_resource_history(
    project_id: str,
    location: str,
    dataset_id: str,
    fhir_store_id: str,
    resource_type: str,
    resource_id: str,
    version_id: str,
) -> Dict[str, Any]:
    """Gets the contents of a version (current or historical) of a FHIR resource by version ID.

    before running the sample.
    for the Python API reference.

      project_id: The project ID or project number of the Cloud project you want
        to use.
      location: The name of the parent dataset's location.
      dataset_id: The name of the parent dataset.
      fhir_store_id: The name of the FHIR store.
      resource_type: The type of FHIR resource.
      resource_id: The "logical id" of the resource whose details you want to view
        at a particular version. The ID is assigned by the server.
      version_id: The ID of the version. Changes whenever the FHIR resource is

      A dict representing the FHIR resource at the specified version.
    # Imports the Google API Discovery Service.
    from googleapiclient import discovery

    api_version = "v1"
    service_name = "healthcare"

    # Returns an authorized API client by discovering the Healthcare API
    # and using GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable.
    client =, api_version)

    # TODO(developer): Uncomment these lines and replace with your values.
    # project_id = 'my-project'
    # location = 'us-central1'
    # dataset_id = 'my-dataset'
    # fhir_store_id = 'my-fhir-store'
    # resource_type = 'Patient'
    # resource_id = 'b682d-0e-4843-a4a9-78c9ac64'
    # version_id = 'MTY4NDQ1MDc3MDU2ODgyNzAwMA'
    fhir_store_parent = (
    fhir_resource_path = f"{fhir_store_parent}/fhirStores/{fhir_store_id}/fhir/{resource_type}/{resource_id}/_history/{version_id}"

    request = (
    response = request.execute()
        f"Got contents of {resource_type} resource with ID {resource_id} at"
        f" version {version_id}:\n {json.dumps(response, indent=2)}"

    return response

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