The future of patient identification

We believe that healthcare needs a major shift to solve the problem of misidentification

Our View


Welcome to GPII

GPII has started a blog to engage the industry in a discussion about patient identification.  We believe the problem and cost of patient misidentification is not well understood and the complexity of the solution is generally underestimated.  Join us in this discussion and add your comments at Patient Identification at Wordpress

See also the first in a series of papers on patient identification: Designing a Durable Patient Identification Solution for Healthcare


Our sole focus is to provide cloud-based services to the healthcare industry to accurately link healthcare records.  This is absolutely essential if we are to achieve the benefits of interoperability.  GPII makes available a unique data element, a <prTag> that offers the following benefits:

  1. Enables accurate matching of patient records with patients.
  2. Empowers patients to manage the privacy of their clinical information.
  3. Assures providers that they have access to an accurate and comprehensive medical record.
  4. Implements inherent record locator services across healthcare silos.
  5. Supports simple error correction analogous to the credit card industry.

We contend that enabling accurate sharing of clinical information will result in improved patient care and reduced costs.  The simplicity of the <prTag> approach ensures that interoperability is both safe and cost effective.  

Any solution to accurately match healthcare records must respect the privacy rights of the patient.  <prTags> are designed specifically to address all of the requirements noted above.



Important Considerations when Planning a National Healthcare Identifier

Rob Macmillan
Oct 07

Each of the requirements described in this document must be considered in the design of a national healthcare identification system.  We maintain that these requirements must be addressed regardless of what implementation strategy is cho

Medical Error Deaths 4.5 Times More Likely Than IOM Estimate

Rob Macmillan
Jun 07

When the original IOM report was published there was outrage that the equivalent of passenger jets falling from the sky was being ignored by the healthcare industry. 

Achieving Identity Resiliency

Rob Macmillan
Sep 27

Once an individual’s identity has been compromised there is no mechanism in place to restore that person’s identity to wholeness.  This document discusses why that strategic deficiency is no longer acceptable.  It describes what is neces