The Healthcare Identifiers Service produces a consistent set of identifiers for individuals and health care providers, so that we know for whom care was provided, who provided it, and where it was provided.
There are three types of identifiers:
- Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI): the person who received care. IHIs are assigned to every person enrolled in Medicare or registered with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
- Healthcare Provider Identifier – Individual (HPI-I): the person who provided the care. This includes GPs, allied health professionals, nurses, dentists and pharmacists.
- Healthcare Provider Identifier – Organisation (HPI-O): the organisation where the care was provided, such as hospitals or general practices. Sole practitioners can also apply for a HPI-O.
Read more about Healthcare Identifiers on the Medicare website.