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Appointment—account number, identifier N(12)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termAppointment account number
Synonymous names:Help on this termAPP_ACCOUNT_NUMBER
METeOR identifier:Help on this term503373
Registration status:Help on this termWA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015
Definition:Help on this termA unique identifier for an appointment, as represented by a combination of numeric characters.
Data Element Concept:Appointment—account number

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termIdentifier
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termN(12)
Maximum character length:Help on this term12

Collection and usage attributes

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Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termWA Health

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data element is relatively robust for Patient Administration Systems (PAS) (e.g. TOPAS, webPAS, HCARe), which are approved and managed by the Department of Health WA for the purposes of reporting patient level non-admitted outpatient activity.

Each appointment made in a PAS is assigned a unique account number. This appointment account number does not change and is not re-used irrespective of the appointment status, outcome, or attendance code. When an appointment is made in a PAS, it must be linked to a registered referral. The referral information will then be automatically included with the appointment information. Each registered referral in a PAS has a unique referral account number and may be attached to multiple appointments and hence multiple appointment account numbers.

The appointment account numbers within a PAS enable the patient-level outpatient activity to be linked to the Department of Health WA costing system. Other non-PAS clinical or workload systems such as the Allied Health System (AHS) have the capacity to be linked to a PAS appointment account number for reporting and costing purposes although the outpatient activity information is unreliable due to incomplete data and the inconsistent allocation of account numbers to appointments. 

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2013-14 WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2014-15 WA Health, Endorsed 24/04/2015

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2016-17 WA Health, Endorsed 30/05/2017

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