The CHI number is a unique ten-digit number that identifies patients in NHS Scotland and is the only consistent way of positively identifying patients across the service. Anyone born in Scotland or registered with a Scottish GP practice will have a CHI number. Use of CHI on clinical communications is mandated across NHS Scotland, with few exceptions.
The CHI Programme was established to support NHS Scotland to embed a sustainable change in culture that would result in mainstream use of the CHI single patient identifier across NHS Scotland.
Benefits of CHI
- Helps NHS staff make more informed decisions about your healthcare.
- Can help NHS staff identify you correctly in an emergency situation.
- Helps to ensure that your medical information is accurate and complete.
For clinical staff:
- The CHI number is the only unique identifier for patients in Scotland.
- Helps you correctly identify patients and their information safely and quickly.
- Reduces unnecessary delays and the requirement for repeat tests and investigations because results cannot be found.
- Helps share clinical information about patients, ensuring the right information is available in the right place at the right time.
For the Service
- CHI has been integral to the success of eHealth developments. eg Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) and the
Emergency Care Summary (ECS)
- CHI is a fundamental building block to future Scottish Government health initiatives. Eg Clinical portal, patient portal, Patient Management Systems (PMS).
September 9th, 2008