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HIQA launch standards for new individual health identifier

HIQA today published the new ‘Information Governance and Management Standards for the health identifiers operator in Ireland’, for the introduction of the identifiers.

“The Individual Health Identifier will be a major step forward in modernising our health service,” said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.

“It will allow us to follow patients and staff as they move through the health service in a way we currently can’t. This will improve patient safety, reduce duplication and errors, and give us a huge amount of new data that we can use to make services more efficient and improve planning.”

The health identifiers operator in Ireland will be a business unit of the HSE and will be responsible for safely storing all personal data required for use of the identifiers. The Authority will monitor the health identifiers operator’s compliance with the standards.

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