Healthcare Identifier Service

The HI Service, operated by the Department of Human Services, will give individuals and practitioners confidence that the right health information is associated with the right individual at the point of care. 

This is achieved with the allocation of unique 16-digit numbers called healthcare identifiers which are assigned to patients, practitioners and healthcare organisations. You may have two patients with the same name, for example, 'Mr A Smith', but each patient will have a unique healthcare identifier number.

Healthcare identifiers are part of the core infrastructure needed to support secure electronic communication across Australia's healthcare system.

Without this infrastructure, our existing health networks and technologies have limited capacity to talk to each other which is why healthcare identifiers are one of the foundations for a national eHealth system.

To find out more about healthcare identifiers and how to register to participate in the eHealth system click here