Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Identifier designation|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 05/10/2016|
An alphanumeric identifier, allocated by an organisation or individual provider that is used to uniquely identify an entity, as represented by text.
|Data Element Concept:||Identifier—identifier designation|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||20|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
The Australian Standard for Person and provider identification in healthcare (AS 4846:2014) outlines the following principles of identifiers in healthcare:
Principle A: Identifiers shall be unique to a purpose and often to a person or organisation, although family group identifiers exist and are unique to the family.
Principle B: Identifiers shall not be recycled or reused.
Principle C: Each person or organisation should have a single active identifier from a given issuer for a specific usage at any given point in time.
The combination of 3 identifier data elements—Identifier designation, Identifier—identifier issuer, text X[X(199)] and Identifier—identifier usage, code NNN—uniquely identify an entity for a specific purpose, and is known as a globally unique identifier.
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.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Identifier—identifier designation, text X[X(19)] Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012
See also Identifier—identifier issuer, text X[X(199)] Health, Standard 05/10/2016
See also Identifier—identifier usage, code NNN Health, Standard 05/10/2016
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
Healthcare provider organisation cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016
Identification in healthcare cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016