Therapy protocols help organize the delivery of tests and therapies across multiple encounters for a specific health condition. Protocols, like templates, express best practice and cannot be edited.
Therapy plans are patient-specific instances of therapy protocols, with elements selected to suit unique patient needs and constraints. A plan can incorporate one or more treatment protocols under a common lead provider and a common review scheme. The purpose, structure and use of therapy plans is covered in a guide for clinicians:
The existence of a therapy plan can present challenges when prescribers wish to order tests or treatments in parallel or instead of plan elements.