The Alfred Hospital
Everyone needs an "address" on the information highway. The HIN ® , assigned by HIBCC ® to health care provider facilities in Australia, is designed to serve that purpose.
The HIN was created as a universal identification number to be used by all trading partners when they communicate with each other via computer. By using the HIN, each partner can rapidly match information it receives to its own customer list whenever it shares or exchanges information with others. As a consequence, expensive and inefficient administrative cross-referencing tasks are eliminated.
As a randomly assigned, nine-character, alpha-numeric identifier, HIN is extremely flexible. It can identify not only specific health care facilities, but also specific locations and/or departments within them. The HIN system was designed to allow subscribers the ability to customize HIN use with their specific trading partners, while still maintaining standard formats the rest of the industry can recognize.
In this manner, HIBCC has created a system which simultaneously imposes the necessary rigidities of a centralized standard while meeting the needs of individual users to alter components when necessary.