GPII becomes a founding member of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA).


Dr. Hieb presents to the HIMSS annual conference in New Orleans "The Ongoing Challenge to Achieve Patient Identity Integrity".

2012GPII upgrades its servers to permit even larger scale operations.  The system is now designed to scale to global capacity and thus far has issued 1.1 billion identifiers in test mode.


The HIE pilot project was successfully completed in 2011. Unfortunately, the expected full scale implementation did not proceed as the HIE declared bankruptcy in month 11 of the project due to factors totally unrelated to the grant activities. 

2010The HIE pilot project commences and proceeds through 2010.  The technical feasibility of the GPII approach is demonstrated and strong patient acceptance is observed.


GPII works with an HIE to obtain a 1 year Robert Wood Johnson Pioneer Foundation grant to conduct a pilot project to demonstrate feasibility and patient acceptance. 


GPII installs a cluster of internet-accessible servers in a high-availability configuration in a secure data center.  The system to generate identifiers and to provide related services has been in operation on a 24 by 7 basis since then. 


GPII is formed as a not-for-profit corporation to create a private enterprise identifier alternative since the federal government remains bound by its self-imposed prohibition concerning unique identifiers.  GPII takes the approach that the use of <prTags> should be voluntary whenever possible - giving the patient the ability to decide whether or not to obtain one.  The Voluntary Universal Healthcare IDentifier project is launched.   You will see the "VUHID system" referred to in much of our literature published over the past five years.  (We now use the term GPII Services to refer to the VUHID system and <prTags> to refer to GPII unique identifiers.)


The Veteran's Administration decides to do an internal implementation of the standard and it has served as the basis for VA patient identification ever since. 


The federal individual identifier mandate is reversed by a federal prohibition against using any federal resources to promulgate a standard healthcare identifier for individuals and that prohibition has persisted to the present. 

Note:  In our opinion the prohibition made sense at that time because insufficient attention was paid to privacy issues.  GPII now considers its current (2013) privacy protection superior to any other available.


The United States HIPAA legislation mandates the creation of a unique individual healthcare identifier. 


The standard, E 1714, is published with the intent of being the model for a national healthcare identifier. 


Dr. Hieb begins work on an ASTM medical informatics standard for a U.S. patient identifier. ..