Person and provider identification in healthcare National Best Practice Data Set
Identifying and definitional attributes
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The Person and provider identification in healthcare National Best Practice Data Set (NBPDS) provides a framework for the accurate identification of individuals (clients and providers of healthcare) and healthcare organisations. It covers identifiers used in the Australian healthcare system, including but not limited to, national healthcare identifiers.
The data set helps identify the following three groups:
The data set is intended for use by health and health-related establishments that create, use or maintain records on individual clients and healthcare providers.
The data set supports uniform good practice in identifying individuals and healthcare organisations, and recording and using their identifying data. The correct application of this data set will assist in ensuring that records relating to each individual or organisation are associated with that individual or organisation, and no other.
Unambiguous identification of an individual in healthcare—particularly when communicating between computer systems or organisations, and when referencing files of information about an individual—requires the use of a unique identifier. Unique identifiers may be allocated by national authorities (for example, Medicare number), state or territory authorities, local government authorities, individual healthcare organisations (for example, the record number) or by departments within an organisation (for example, the diagnostic service number).
The data set supports the concept of an index of identifiers that allows the use of multiple and multilevel identifiers for a given individual.
Collection and usage attributes
Individual healthcare client; individual healthcare provider; organisational healthcare provider.
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The data set is intended to complement the requirements of the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service.
Relationship to the HI Service
The HI Service is funded by all Australian governments and is the foundation for the broader eHealth system. This service is underpinned by the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 (the HI Act), the Healthcare Identifiers Regulations 2010, the National Partnership Agreement on E-Health, and the service level agreements between the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Australian Government Department of Human Services.
The HI Service provides services to the health sector that will assist in the identification of individuals (patients and healthcare providers) and organisations involved in the receipt or provision of healthcare. This service is in evolution and is likely to change over time. The HI Service uses a unique 16 digit identification number. However, these are not the only identifiers used in healthcare, nor do they necessarily replace the use of local identifiers in individual healthcare organisations.
The HI Act restricts the way in which the national identifiers and the HI Service can be used and specifies three types of national healthcare identifiers:
Glossary terms that are relevant to this NBPDS are included here.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Standards Australia 2014. AS 4846:2014 Person and provider identification in healthcare. Sydney: Standards Australia.
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