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Extra IHIs to be provided to non-residents during vaccination roll-out

By Mindo - 15th Mar 2021

Doctor drawing up Covid-19 vaccine from glass phial bottle and filling syringe injection for vaccination. Close up of hand wearing protective disposable gloves in lab and holding a bottle of vaccination drugs. Hand with blue surgical gloves taking sars-coV-2 vaccine dose from vial with syringe: prevention and immunization concept.

Additional individual health identifiers (IHI) will be assigned to non-residents who may receive the Covid-19 vaccine in this country, the Medical Independent (MI) has been informed. All persons who are or have been resident in the State have an IHI. This amounts to 6.5 million residents or former residents, according to the HSE.

“The IHI will be assigned to the Covid-19 vaccination record for each individual vaccinated,” a HSE spokesperson told MI.

“Any person who wishes to know what their IHI is can make a request to the health identifiers service within the HSE. There will be additional IHIs assigned for non-residents who get the vaccine.”

The HSE’s most recent corporate risk register identified “information and communications technology (ICT) systems and infrastructure” as one of the chief risks to the organisation.

“There is a risk to patient care and organisational performance as a result of: The limited availability of critical ICT infrastructure, systems, applications and skills and the impact [of] emerging technologies; the ability to transform services utilising technology for the restoration of core health services on foot of Covid-19 in a timely manner to meet the needs of the operational services,” outlined the document seen by MI.

According to the HSE, the delivery of a national electronic health record (EHR) remains a strategic target and the EHR implementation timeline had not altered despite the pandemic.

“In line with Sláintecare, the EHR for the new children’s hospital will proceed first,” according to the spokesperson.

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