Building Block: Digital registries
Maturity: BETA
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Short Description: Registries are centrally managed databases that uniquely identify persons, vendors, facilities, procedures, products and sites related to an organization, industry or activity.

Full Description: Registries store unique identifiers of persons, vendors, facilities, procedures, products and sites and are used to record and monitor resources and assets (physical or virtual). These resources are those that are used by a person, organization or industry, or they are consumed while performing certain activities. Registries store essential information for identification and verification purposes, such as name, biometrics/photos, location/contact details and basic profile of the person (eg age, sex qualification, etc), facility (eg type of entity, specialization) or thing (eg equipment type, serial number, warranty period).

Other Names: Directories, Functional registries

Key Digital Functionalities:

  • Stores additional demographic or geographic information to facilitate the functionalities identification and access to the persons, vendors, facilities, etc
  • Provides a business rules engine used for saving the data in different tables or sub-registries with a predefined relationship
  • Uses a messaging component for notification of events (eg data created or updated successfully)
  • Provides various user interfaces for data input and output

Examples of use in different sectors:

  • Agriculture sector: 
    • Farmer, farm, facility or land registries, including GS1, the Global Farm Registry
  • Education sector: 
    • Registries of criminal offenders accessible to all education institutions
  • Registries of parent or guardian financial status with reference to school payment systems
  • Health sector: 
    • Facility registry – manages unique identifiers for health service delivery locations, including hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and standalone laboratories
    • Health worker registry (or provider registry) – manages unique identifiers for all types of health workers, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, community health workers, and sometimes administrators. It is also called the Master Provider Index, which obtains provider identification information and can connect the provider to facility information
    • Patient registry – manages the unique identifiers of people receiving health services. It is also called the Master Patient Index (MPI), which maintains patient identification information and verifies the patient demographic data in a system


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