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Health identifiers due in 2015

14 Nov 2014

The HSE is working to establish health identifier registers and will manage the operation of the identifiers system, due to commence “as soon as possible in 2015,” the Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar has said.

The Health Identifiers Act 2014 provides the legislative framework for a national system of unique identifiers for patients and for health service providers for use across the health service.

In addition, it is hoped identifiers will help make the health service more efficient and support health reform initiatives including Money Follows the Patient. Health identifiers were “a fundamental building block in support of the eHealth agenda,” Minister Varadkar told the Seanad.

gary.culliton@imt.ie

Gary Culliton

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