The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in Ireland published new Standards, ‘Information Governance and Management Standards for the health identifiers operator in Ireland’, for the introduction of Individual Health Identifiers in Ireland. An Individual Health Identifier is a unique, non-transferable number assigned to all people using health and social care services in Ireland, which will last for their lifetime. Its purpose is to accurately identify the person, enabling health and social care to be delivered to the right patient, in the right place and at the right time. The Health Service Executive (HSE) will work across three clinical areas in 2015 to trial the use of the Individual Health Identifier in clinical information systems; these will be the Epilepsy Electronic Patient Record, one multi-GP General Practice and the Electronic Medical Record within a hospice. This proof of concept work will deliver clinical benefit into systems as well as prove the operational needs of having the Individual Health Identifiers within these systems.
Ireland to Introduce Individual Health Identifiers to Improve Patient Safety
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