Health informatics- Provider identification
This Uganda Standard provides a framework for improving the positive identification of providers. Identification of “providers” encompasses individuals and organizations. This Technical Specification includes data elements needed for identification of individual providers (i.e. individuals) and data elements needed for the identification of organization providers (i.e. organizations). “Identification” in this Technical Specification refers both to the process of being able to identify individuals and organizations, and the data elements required to support that identification manually and from a computer processing perspective. This Technical Specification can be applied to all providers of services, individuals and organizations. It details both data and processes for collection and application of identifying information for providers. It defines demographic and other identifying data elements suited to capture and use for the identification of providers in health care settings and provides guidance on their application. This Technical Specification provides: • definitions of data elements to support the identification of individual providers and organizational providers for purposes such as electronic health record authentication and authorization, communications, role definitions, delegation of authority, and the management of certification of individuals where more than one discipline is concerned; • guidance on the development, population, governance and ongoing management of provider identifiers from multiple potential sources. This includes identification of processes to support national, multinational and provincial/state or local level identification. Unique identifier structures may differ for different purposes, or with different originating organizations. For this reason, a generic approach to the structure of these identifiers is given in this Technical Specification to support multiple unique identifiers and the ability to link these to the relevant provider. This Technical Specification is primarily concerned with provider identification data for clinical and administrative purposes. This Technical Specification is intended for use by health and health-related establishments that create, use or maintain records on providers. Establishments are intended to use this Technical Specification, where appropriate, for collecting data when registering providers. This Technical Specification does not include the process for development of unique identifiers. This Technical Specification does not attempt to identify all the use cases for which the items included are relevant; however, the data elements are provided to allow their consistent representation where they are found appropriate to support identification activities of the organization or jurisdiction. This standard was published on 15 June 2021.