What can my healthcare identifier be used and disclosed for?
Healthcare providers can only use and disclose healthcare identifiers for communicating and managing health information as part of the:
- provision of healthcare to an individual
- management, funding, monitoring or evaluation of healthcare
- provision of medical indemnity cover for a healthcare provider
- conducting research approved by a Human Research Ethics Committee
- to lessen or prevent a serious threat to an individual’s life health or safety or to public health or safety.
Healthcare providers may also use or disclose an IHI as required or authorised by law. For example, a provider may be legally compelled to disclose an individual’s IHI if issued a subpoena by a court for the provision of information. A provider may also disclose an IHI in order to report unlawful activity, such as a suspected case of child abuse.