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VA Technical Reference Model v 23.8

Universal Healthcare Identifier (UHID)
Universal Healthcare Identifier (UHID) Standard or Specification

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Description: The Universal Healthcare Identifier (UHID) defines a set of requirements outlining the properties required to create a universal healthcare identifier (UHID) system. This standard sets the fundamental considerations for a UHID that can support at least four basic functions effectively: positive identification of patients when clinical care is rendered; automated linkage of various computer-based records on the same patient for the creation of lifelong electronic health care files; provision of a mechanism to support data security for the protection of privileged clinical information; and use of technology for patient records handling to keep health care operating costs at a minimum.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v19.2
Decision Date: 02/06/2019
Introduced By: TRMSP
Standards Body: ASTM
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (02/06/2019).