The Department of Health & Human Services is a strong supporter of the work underway by the Australian Digital Health Agency to enable the broad adoption of e-health in Australia. The material below provides information on the national e-health design initiatives undertaken by the department, through Digital Design, and includes project deliverables relevant to the health sector.


Individual Healthcare Identifer (IHI) Pre-Implementation Project

The IHI Pre-Implementation Project, a joint venture between the Department of Health & Human Services and Australian Digital Health Agency, was tasked with developing artefacts to support the adoption of Individual Healthcare Identifiers by health services, health IT vendors and others through use of the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service.

The Victorian IHI Integration Design covers all local (patient administration system) processing to support the available HI Service functions, as defined in Release 3.02 of Medicare Australia’s HI Service Specifications.

The project team would like to thank all those who contributed to the design and deliverable reviews.

Victorian IHI Pre-Implementation Project documents 

Release 1

Release 2

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