Forbes December 4, 2018
Rahul Sharma

The health care industry is plagued with a problem that harms patient safety and exacts an annual toll of $6 billion: patient record matching. Patient record matching refers to the issue of correctly identifying a patient within the same facility or across different health care organizations. Besides the monetary issue, patient matching challenges can also cause severe harm to patients. The issue is so acute that it impacts 1 in 5 patient records within the same health care system, and up to 50% of patient records are not matched in transfers.

Most of the issues associated with patient record matching stem from a lack of standards and interoperability between health information systems, which creates significant challenges when hospitals and health systems attempt to integrate...