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Health care provider identification DSS

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term356020
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 03/12/2008
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
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The scope of these data elements includes identification of individual and organisation health care providers. The data elements also allow for identification of an individual in a health care organisation. The definition of health care provider is:

'any person or organisation who is involved in or associated with the delivery of healthcare to a client, or caring for client wellbeing'.

The data elements have been defined to enable a common, best practice approach to the way data are captured and stored, to ensure that records relating to a provider will be associated with that individual and/or organisation and no other. The definitions are proposed for clinical and administrative data management purposes.

The ability to positively identify health care providers and locate their relevant details is an important support to the provision of speedy, safe, high quality, comprehensive and efficient health care. Unambiguous identification of individual health care providers is necessary for:

  • Requesting and reporting of orders, tests and results (e.g. pathology, diagnostic imaging)
  • Other communications and referrals between health care providers regarding ongoing care of patients (e.g. a referral from a GP to a specialist, a hospital discharge plan)
  • Reporting on health care provision to statutory authorities (e.g. reporting of hospital patient administration systems data to State/Territory government health agencies)
  • Payments to providers
  • Registration of providers
  • Directories or lists of providers and their service locations for consumer information.

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:Help on this termCollected at point of entry to health care for the purposes of the identification of the provider of that health care.
Comments:Help on this termThere are many barriers to successfully identifying individuals in health care settings, including variable data quality; differing data capture requirements and mechanisms; and varying data matching methods. This data set specification provides a framework for improving the confidence that the data being associated with any given individual or organisation, is appropriately associated.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termStandards Australia Inc Health Informatics Committee (IT-014)
Reference documents:Help on this term

Health care client identification DSS

The Australian Standard AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification identifies other data that should be collected. These data are collections of free text information and as such are not capable of standardisation as a national health data standard. Within AS4846 however they form part of the data collection necessary for the complete identification of a heath care provider.

These data elements are identified in the section Standardised elsewhere section below.

If these data elements are collected in conjunction with those of the Data set specification they form a collection equivalent to that of the Australian Standard AS4846.

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Health care provider identification DSS Health, Retired 20/03/2013

Supersedes Health care provider identification DSS Health, Superseded 04/07/2007

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
-Date—accuracy indicator, code AAAMandatory1
-Individual service provider—occupation (self-identified), code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN}Mandatory1
-Individual service provider—occupation end date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Individual service provider—occupation start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person (address)—address line, text X[X(179)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—address type, code NMandatory1
-Person (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Person (address)—building/complex sub-unit identifier, [X(7)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—building/complex sub-unit type, code A[AAA]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—building/property name, text X[X(29)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—country identifier, code (SACC 1998) NNNNMandatory1
-Person (address)—electronic communication address, text [X(250)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—electronic communication medium, code NMandatory1
-Person (address)—electronic communication usage, code NMandatory1
-Person (address)—floor/level identifier, [NNNA]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—floor/level type, code A[A]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—house/property identifier, text X[X(11)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—international postcode, text X[X(9)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—lot/section identifier, N[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—non-Australian state/province, text [X(40)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—postal delivery point identifier, {N(8)}Mandatory1
-Person (address)—street name, text A[A(29)]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—street suffix, code A[A]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—street type, code A[AAA]Mandatory1
-Person (address)—suburb/town/locality name, text A[A(49)]Mandatory1
-Person (name)—family name, text X[X(39)]Mandatory1
-Person (name)—given name sequence number, code NMandatory1
-Person (name)—given name, text X[X(39)]Mandatory1
-Person (name)—name conditional use flag, code NMandatory1
-Person (name)—name suffix sequence number, code NMandatory1
-Person (name)—name suffix, text A[A(11)]Mandatory1
-Person (name)—name title sequence number, code NMandatory1
-Person (name)—name title, text A[A(11)]Mandatory1
-Person (name)—name type, code NMandatory1
-Person—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—date of death, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—address line, text X[X(179)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—address type, code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—building/complex sub-unit identifier, [X(7)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—building/complex sub-unit type, code A[AAA]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—building/property name, text X[X(29)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—electronic communication address, text [X(250)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—electronic communication medium, code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—floor/level identifier, [NNNA]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—floor/level type, code A[A]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—house/property identifier, text X[X(11)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—international postcode, text X[X(9)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—lot/section identifier, N[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—non-Australian state/province, text X[X(39)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—postal delivery point identifier, {N(8)}Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—street name, text A[A(29)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—street suffix, code A[A]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—street type, code A[AAA]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—suburb/town/locality name, text A[A(49)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (name)—name type, code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation (name)—organisation name, text X[X(199)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation—organisation end date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Service provider organisation—organisation start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
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