EXPLAINER

How Unique Health IDs are Supporting Improved Health Care

Women wait with their children in the Alhaz Johurul Islam City Maternity Centre at Mirpur, Dhaka. Photo credit: ADB.
Women wait with their children in the Alhaz Johurul Islam City Maternity Centre at Mirpur, Dhaka. Photo credit: ADB.

The use of unique identification in health systems is improving the quality of health care, cutting costs, and decreasing fraud.

Introduction

Unique IDs are tools to uniquely identify patients and improve governance in a health system. In many countries, health information systems and health programs are fragmented. Patients either have multiple IDs from various health services or no ID at all, and health information is collected only in an aggregated manner.

Unique health IDs can be used to improve health information systems and make various program and insurance information systems interoperable. This ensures that reliable and correct data about an individual can be collected, that a uniquely identified person gets the services to which he or she is entitled, and that practitioners are able to make better predictions about people’s health needs.


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Meet the expert

  • Susann Roth   
    Senior Social Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank

    Susann Roth supports ADB’s health sector development and co-led the preparation of its revised operational plan for health, which supports developing member countries in achieving UHC. Roth is particularly interested in the public-private dialogue to provide quality health services for the poor, and in information and communication technology solutions for UHC and health systems strengthening.

   Health, Information and communication technology
   Last updated: October 2016

 




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