NEHTA - National E-Health Transition Authority

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NEHTA - Healthcare Provider Identifier (HPI) and Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) Preliminary Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) (2006)

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Following a competitive tender, the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) asked Galexia to contribute the development of a secure, interoperable e-health environment in Australia.

The project involved the development of two different types of healthcare identifiers. Galexia’s primary role was the development of two preliminary Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) to examine and document potential privacy concerns.

  • The first, the Healthcare Provider Identifier (HPI), is required so that individual providers can communicate with their colleagues, and jurisdictions can improve connectivity between their clinical systems within and across borders. Nationally, unique provider identification is recognised as a foundation for the broader e-health agenda and the implementation of Shared Electronic Health Records (Shared EHRs).
  • The second, the Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI), is required to ensure the correct identification of an individual and to make sure that the right information is attached to the right person.

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