Dr. Barry Hieb is an expert in the field of patient identification. His work in this area spans several decades. He is passionate about find a solution to the problem of patient misidentification that is acceptable to all involved in healthcare delivery and that empowers patients to manage their healthcare appropriately. This paper summarizes requirements for such a solution.
This is an excellent article written about the continuing problems with Patient Matching; clearly a concern for the integrity of electonic health records. The article quantifies the occurence of duplicate records and the cost of repairing those duplicates.
One of the "Basic challenges that we face" says Jack Wolf, Montefiore Medical Center's Chief Information Officer "is the lack of a unique patient identifier".
'When you get into population health, tracking these patients is very dependent on being able to uniquely identify that it is the same patient'
A recent publication by the General Accounting Office states that accurate patient matching and supporting privacy of patient information are major challenges to achieve interoperability.
A recent article published in HIStalk continues the discussion about the pros and cons of unique patient identifiers as a means to improve patient matching.
In January of 2014 the ONC released a Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) report on patient identification. This is a self assessment tool to be used by healthcare organizations that want to determine how well they are doing in the patient identification area. It focuses on 14 measures of patient identification quality.
On Dec. 16 Audacious Inquiry hosted a report on their work to support an ONC project investigating the patient matching issue in healthcare. The attached list of references is a valuable resource for those interested in improving healthcare's patient identification capabilities.