Concept of Operations: Relating to the introduction of a Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record System
Some individuals choose to use a pseudonym to access healthcare services. The motivations for having a pseudonym are varied and include the fear of being traced when escaping family violence or the fear of exposure due to the public nature of their work.
The HI Service already provides for pseudonymous healthcare identifiers. An individual can obtain a pseudonymous healthcare identifier from the HI Service, which would be used by the PCEHR System along with the associated pseudonymous identity details. Pseudonymous use of the PCEHR system is subject to the provisions of the HI Service relating to pseudonymous healthcare identifiers.
A pseudonymous PCEHR would not indicate the individual’s true identity.