The Health Identifier and PCEHR System (HIPS) is an interface service designed originally for health systems, particularly within hospitals. Different healthcare systems can be connected to share data using HIPS to pass information back and forth.
HIPS in the Australian context
The HIPS product enables the seamless integration of digital health systems with national digital health infrastructure services, such as the Healthcare Identifiers Service, the My Health Record system, Secure Message Delivery (SMD) systems and National Directory Services (NHSD, NEPS).
HIPS is a middleware product offering standards-based interfaces for seamless integration with systems like patient administration systems, clinical information systems, and laboratory and radiology information systems. It is aimed primarily at supporting large-scale digital health environments typically found in organisations such as hospitals and diagnostic service providers, however, it is also suitable for direct integration with digital health products.
Context in digital health
There are a number of key business flows that occur within digital health in Australia, as outlined in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: Digital health business flows for HIPS
The primary objective of the Victorian IHI Pre-Implementation project is to develop a suite of system design artefacts to support integration of the national Individual Healthcare Identifier into health services’ patient administration systems.