Individual Healthcare Identifiers – IHI
In Practices we should only lookup IHIs for patients as part of providing healthcare to them.
This means that we should not do a bulk look up for all patients in our database.
Also the authority to lookup IHIs does NOT apply if the patient is attending for Employment reasons or for Insurance reasons.
Here is a copy of the relevant parts of the legislation.
(HEALTH IDENTIFIERS ACT 2010)
Section 14 (1).4
An ‘identified healthcare provider’ can ‘collect from the service operator’ the ‘healthcare identifier of a healthcare recipient’ only when ‘the collection is for the purpose of communicating or managing health information, as part of providing healthcare to the healthcare recipient‘.
Section 14 (2)
This section does not authorise the collection, use or disclosure of the healthcare identifier of a healthcare recipient for the purpose of communicating or managing health information as part of:
(a) underwriting a contract of insurance that covers the healthcare recipient; or
(b) determining whether to enter into a contract of insurance that covers the healthcare recipient (whether alone or as a member of a class); or
(c) determining whether a contract of insurance covers the healthcare recipient in relation to a particular event; or
(d) employing the healthcare recipient.