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Health Practitioner Index dataset

Health Practitioner Index dataset and code set released for public comment

The development a Health Practitioner Index (HPI) system for streamlining transactions and information transfer within the health sector has taken a further step forward with the announcement of a public consultation process.

The Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO), a Ministerially appointed national health information standards body, has released for public comment a package of draft dataset and code set documents for the HPI.

HISO Chairman Paul Cressey says the dataset standard has wide implications for all health information systems and providers in the health sector. It includes national standards for name and address information, which are based on the e-Government XML-based standard, xNAL (XML Name and Address).

The HPI dataset, and associated code set, defines which data will be collected and used for the unique identification of registered healthcare practitioners, health sector workers and healthcare organisations and facilities.

“This is the first major dataset standard to be developed by HISO and the sector has for some time been waiting for an effective system that will consistently identify health professionals, their organisations and their facilities," says Mr Cressey.

"The HPI dataset and code set standards have only been made possible by the significant contribution of the number of sector representatives working together on the HISO HPI Expert Committee.”

Chair of Health Practitioner Index Steering Group for development HPI, Ministry of Health Corporate and Information Deputy Director-General Debbie Chin, who is also on the HISO committee, says …

“Both HISO and the HPI were identified in the top 10 priorities in the health information sector’s WAVE (Working to Add Value through E-Health) Report, published in 2001 by the Ministry of Health.

It is planned to introduce the HPI in stages, with a pilot planned for later this year. Once set up, the HPI will be co-ordinated by the Ministry of Health.”

The dataset and code set documents are out for public comment, submissions will close on 25/09/2004. Copies of the documents can be obtained from the HPI web page which is accessible at:

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