Monday, July 1, 2013

Individual Health Identifier for newborns

The following message has been received by hospitals and midwives who attend homebirths.  For more information about the national e-health system, click here.

Good morning - I am writing to provide you with information about verified Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) arrangements for newborns. 

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has made provision for hospitals and midwives to record a newborn’s verified IHI in its Newborn Child Claim for Paid Parental Leave, Family Assistance and Medicare (FA101) form in the July 2013 version of the FA101 form (Reference FA101.1307).  The form is supplied to hospitals and midwives in the DHS Parent Pack. 

Effective from 1 July, the Proof of Birth page of the form (page 16) enables a verified IHI number for a newborn to be recorded.

DHS has advised that until such time hospitals have the software to create a verified IHI for a newborn, the hospital should select “No” to the question on page 16 - Was the newborn child’s Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) created by the hospital? 

We would be grateful if you could communicate this information through your channels.  DHS is also communicating this through its channels. 

If you have any questions on this please contact the DHS Healthcare Identifiers Service helpline on 1300 361 457.

Kind regards

Christine Borthwick
Engagement Analyst
nehta National E-Health Transition Authority
t  07 3023 8413
m 0407 872 470

1 comment:

Joy Johnston said...

I checked with the midwives in the birth suites at Monash Health this week, and they said they have no information on allocating a health identifier for newborn babies.