Informatics outlook: The “Bedoun” identity reality

Posted: July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

As part of our projects in eHealth and healthcare, we have been going around in circles trying to figure out how to capture the entire population and register them as patients in this great system. Here in Kuwait, we’re lucky and fortunate to have a unique identifier for each person living in the country; the Civil Identification Number (Civil ID) provided by the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI). In Kuwait though we have a unique situation of the “bedoun“.

Mind you this is just my discoveries thus far and it would be interesting to see if others have other information!

  1. alsayiegh says:

    Interesting topic. We in Kuwait have this precious piece of info which you mentioned in your post. That is the Civil ID. A 12 digit unique no. This No. is an excillent opportunity to be used as the the main Patient identification.This gives kuwait an advantage for using That ID for sharing patient info within MOH and across facilities.

    Through out the years I have seen only three instances where Civil ID cannot be used as main patiend ID
    1. prisoners: MOI has a policy not to show the real identity of a prisoner when visiting a medical facillity. They arrive to hospital with Temp. ID issued by prison authority.
    2. New born babies: those who were just born are being identified as B/O xxxxxx “baby of ” ..
    3. New immigrants who just arrived to Kuwait .. No Civil ID yet.

    • crazyd says:

      I agree Hussain! it would be interesting to look into those parameters too and figure out how to link them to a person’s identity within the context of the healthcare system to provide for better care

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