A healthcare industry number (HIN) is a unique 9-character, alpha-numeric code used to identify participants in the healthcare supply chain. The HIN was created by the wider healthcare industry to serve as a universal identifier for use during electronic communications and transactions.
HINs are especially valuable because of their flexibility. HINs can help to better identify health care facilities, as well as specific locations and departments within those facilities. This system was designed to allow authorized entities to cater the use of HINs to their partners while maintaining a standard that is recognizable by others in the industry.
Using HINs eliminates the need for administrative departments to cross-reference distinct identifiers across systems, lowering operational costs and minimizing potential errors. HIN information is available to hospitals and healthcare providers for free via GPOs and other suppliers.