HealthIT Answers September 28, 2023
Scott Stuewe

As I mentioned in my introduction, patient matching doesn’t work terribly effectively today.

The problem has its root in the identity challenges we have been discussing, although it is important to separate the patient matching challenge from trust-in-identity – these are related, but not congruent topics.

For patient matching to work better with identity, there are two basic approaches – more reliable identity sovereignty – or more effective identity surveillance.

Identity sovereignty relies on identity-proofing, issued identifiers (preferably digital), issued credentials (preferably digital), transparency and consumer involvement and the second on the collection and distribution of more data about the person. While most references to patient matching relate to accurately associating the artifacts of care (like shared medical records) there...

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