Each data element of the Health Practitioner Index (HPI) data set that requires coding has a common set of codes presented in this document. The HPI is a directory of health professionals, organisations and facilities.
It provides unique identifiers and core information on health practitioners, 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. This is critical to practitioners wishing to access and manage electronic health information from many different locations.
Revision work is underway
A revision of the HPI standards is underway and we will publish a new edition in early 2020. This will extend the organisation, facility and practitioner data sets, extend the standard to all health workers, add health services and teams as new actors, and align data element specifications and data domains with current standards. Health care occupations, service types and clinical specialties will be represented using SNOMED CT, for example.