This document defines the data to be provided in the Health Provider Index (HPI). The HPI is a directory of health professionals, organisations and facilities.
It provides unique identifiers and core information on health providers, as well as a basis for controlling who can access health information, and for protecting the privacy of health records by verifying the identity of users.
Revision work is underway
A revision of the HPI standards is underway and we will publish a new edition later in 2020 to reflect planned changes to the HPI outlined in the attached letter to DHBs. The changes will enhance the organisation, facility and practitioner data sets, extend the standard to cover all health workers, add health services and teams as new actors, and align data element specifications and data domains with current standards.
Other key changes will include:
- Health care occupations, service types and clinical specialties will be represented using SNOMED CT
- The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) and an extended system of Global Location Numbers (GLNs) for facilities will be fully supported
- The standard will be aligned to the published government data content requirements.
The SNOMED reference sets in development are:
- Clinical specialty refset – in the HPI context, what a health professional is trained to do – eg, Physiotherapy
- Health occupation refset – the job role they perform, eg Physiotherapist
- Health service type refset – the type of service offered by an provider organisation to patients, eg Physiotherapy service