What is an individual healthcare identifier?
An individual healthcare identifier (IHI) is a unique 16 digit number used to assist health providers communicate health information about an individual. An IHI provides a reliable and accurate way of uniquely identifying a person to provide healthcare and manage healthcare records. For example, an IHI provides a more reliable way of referencing patient information, particularly in healthcare providers’ electronic information management systems.
A unique IHI was automatically allocated to most Australian residents on 1 July 2010 and can be allocated for any other person seeking healthcare in Australia. They are issued by the Healthcare Identifier Service (HI Service) which is part of Medicare Australia.