About the Healthcare Identifiers Service
The Federal, state and territory governments have developed a national Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service which will uniquely identify healthcare providers and individuals who seek healthcare. Medicare
The HI Service will give individuals and healthcare providers confidence that the right health information is associated with the right individual at the point of care.
The HI Service allocates three types of Healthcare Identifiers.
- Individual Healthcare Identifier (
IHI)—allocated to all individuals enrolled in the Medicare program or those who are issued with a Department of Veterans' Affairs ( DVA) treatment card and others who seek healthcare in . Australia
- Healthcare Provider Identifier – Individual (HPI-I)—allocated to healthcare providers involved in providing patient care.
- Healthcare Provider Identifier – Organisation (HPI-O)—allocated to organisations that deliver healthcare (such as hospitals and medical practices).Your healthcare identifier has been created to be used by healthcare providers to improve the security and efficient management of your personal health information.
A healthcare identifier is not a health record. The information held by the HI Service is limited to demographic information (such as your name, date of birth and sex) which is needed to uniquely identify you and your healthcare providers. Healthcare identifiers do not replace Medicare or
Healthcare Identifiers are an important building block to enable the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system.
Under the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010, an
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