Healthcare Identifiers Service for health professionals

The Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service is a national system for uniquely identifying eligible healthcare providers and individuals (patients).

The accurate identification of individuals is critical in all health communication. Use of healthcare identifiers in medical information provides a way for you to more accurately match the right records to the person you are treating, and improve accuracy when communicating information with other healthcare providers.

The Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 (the Act) specifies that healthcare identifiers are to be used for healthcare and related management purposes with penalties in place for misuse. The inclusion of healthcare identifiers in a health record system or patient file does not change when you share information about individuals, but enables a much more reliable way of referencing information, particularly in electronic communications and information management systems.

Read the HI Service User Guide for important information about getting, using and disclosing healthcare identifiers.

To access healthcare identifiers to use for authorised purposes you need to be registered in the HI Service administered by the department.

Page last updated: 25 July 2016