Person and provider identification in healthcare National Best Practice Data Set
Data Set Specification Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
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Health, Standard 05/10/2016
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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.