Provider demand for accurate patient matching is high, Pew says

Healthcare DIVE May 16, 2019
Rebecca Pifer

Dive Brief:
  • Accurately matching patients to their health records is difficult to measure, according to healthcare providers surveyed by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Match rates are “far below the desired level for effective data exchange,” Pew, which collaborated with nonprofit services firm Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative on the report, concluded.
  • The two organizations interviewed providers at 18 hospitals, doctors’ offices and health IT exchanges.
  • The current state of patient matching provides ample opportunity for improvement, providers said.

Dive Insight:

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