Unique Identifiers

Can the system allow 2 unique identifiers? What can a unique identifier comprise of?

The system does not allow 2 unique identifiers. Typically a unique identifier is comprised of national identifications or health numbers.

Can the ID numbers follow some pattern? Is this customizable without coding?

@pavel.nabutovsky can the ID numbers follow some pattern? Is this customizable without coding?

I would have thought that that the ability to have a customizable identifier would be quite useful…esp for countries that are moving from paper forms to a digital system since paper forms will already have a unique identifier

The short ID is not customizable, but you can prefix it with some values like agency code or registration date. We can’t really generate unique sequence numbers.

There should be a manual entry field on the CP basic identity form that represents a legacy id. One option is to use that as a prefix.

What are these different types of ID’s? (Long ID, Short ID, Case ID)

The Long ID is a long series of characters generated by an algorithm and virtually guaranteed to be unique. This makes for a convenient means of finding a very specific record. Since this series of characters is so long and hard to remember, though, there is also a Short ID, which is simply the last seven characters of the Long ID. Both Long ID and Short ID are automatically included in all exports as a means of distinguishing between records. Lastly, the Case ID is a series of characters determined by a pre-set formula which, while still keeping the individual behind the case anonymous, should be more recognizable to a worker. For instance, the Case ID could be the abbreviation for the district where the record was registered plus a dash, the last letter of the child’s first name, the day of the month when the child was born, and the Short ID. Such a pattern gives no vital information about the individual, but allows the case worker to distinguish easily between records.