Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) for Patient Identification Data Set Overview

The purpose of the Automatic Identification and Data Capture for Patient Identification Data Set set is to support the accurate, timely and, therefore, safer identification of NHS PATIENTS in England, by encoding the key PATIENT identifiers into a GS1 DataMatrix 2D bar code which is printed on the identity band. It is a technology enabling standard: implementation of this standard will enable subsequent processes involving the PATIENT and care provided to the PATIENT (where these processes are also bar coded) to be automatically identified using Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) techniques, e.g. bed management, phlebotomy, theatres management, medications administration and assets management.

The AIDC for Patient Identification Data Set provides an agreed national standard for printing in human readable forms of key PATIENT identifiers on the identity wristband, to support the accurate, timely and safer identification of NHS PATIENTS.