introduce the Healthcare Practitioner Identifier (HPI) and Healthcare Organisation Identifier (HOI) concepts
rationale for project
objective of project
benefits of HPI/HOI
national and international
vision for a central registry & proposed data structure
Healthcare Practitioners identifier (HPI)
A unique, non-transferable lifetime number assigned to a healthcare practitioner. Its purpose is to identify the individual as one and the same person and to allow the “attaching” of other information, for instance address and contact details.
Healthcare Organisation Identifier (HOI)
A HOI uniquely identifies all healthcare organisations in Ireland. It will
allow the attaching of a set dataset for example location, contact details and site details.
Individual Health Identifier (IHI)***
Rationale for project
National Health Information Strategy (2004)
Health Act 2007
Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance (2008)
Health Information Bill
identify benefits of HPI and HOI
identify what is in place nationally and in international jurisdictions
recommend a model to implement the HPI and HOI in Ireland
advise on the most appropriate order to phase in HPI and HOI
Benefits Benefits Healthcare Sector Professional Regulatory Authorities Healthcare Organisations Service Planners Healthcare Practitioners Service Users Benefits
Medical Council of Ireland
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
The Nursing Board (An Bord Altranais)
Dental Council of Ireland
Health and Social Care Professional Council (CORU)
SSI – Health Information and Quality Authority
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC)
Australian Healthcare Practitioner Registration Authority – HPI-I
Medicare Australia – HPI-O
Ministry for Health maintains a central registry - Health Provider Identifier for Organisations (HPI-ORG), Facilities (HPI-FAC) and Common Person Number (HPI-CPN)
The spine directory service (SDS) consists of a National Register of Healthcare Professionals and a Register of Healthcare Organisations
Registration Authority for Health Professionals maintains the Health Personnel Number (HPR)
Companies and business office maintains healthcare registry (public and private) - Business Enterprise Organisation Number
The National Board of Healthcare Professions issues a unique identifier (förskrivarkod) to healthcare professionals.
The Centre of Epidemiology within the National Board of Health and Welfare issues the registreringsnummer to hospitals and healthcare units
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI ) feasibility assessment of the National Unique Identifier (NUI) for all healthcare providers
Western Health Information Collaborative (WHIC) - issues identifier to healthcare organisations
Vision for a central directory
International Standards Organisation Technical Standard 27527 (ISO TS 27527)
This technical specification is the result of a
recognised need within the health industry need for
a common, best practice approach to the way data
is captured, stored and managed for the purpose of
Proposed data structure for identifiers
Unique identifiers for healthcare practitioners and organisations should be introduced in Ireland.
A central directory should be established that contains unique identifiers for healthcare practitioners and organisations and should be established as the primary trusted source of core identity information in relation to healthcare practitioners and organisations.
The Health Information Bill should assign a designated agency with the task of governance, implementation and maintenance of a central directory.
The HPI and HOI should be phased in
The dataset to be associated with the identifiers for practitioners and organisations should be based on the international standard ISO/TS 27527, adapted for use in Ireland.
Each professional regulatory authority should upload the standard dataset at set intervals to the central directory.
If approved by the Minister:
the Authority will work with the DOHC through the Health Identifiers Group to ensure that the implementation of the recommendations are progressed.
the Authority will work with the designated agency to ensure that the development of a practitioners and organisations registry is compliant with our recommendations.