Health identifiers framework to be in place by end of the year

HSE plan aims to improve patient safety by giving every citizen a unique number

The HSE has indicated  its plan to provide individual health identifiers to every Irish citizen will have moved a step closer by the end of the year. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The HSE has indicated its plan to provide individual health identifiers to every Irish citizen will have moved a step closer by the end of the year. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The plan to provide individual health identifiers to every Irish citizen will have moved a step closer by the end of the year, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has indicated.

A special business unit that will operate the proposed health identifier service is currently being established and the HSE expects to have a system in place to start creating a register of health identifiers by the third-quarter of this year.

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