Health Data Management August 15, 2019
Robbie Hughes

Efficient patient identification is an area plaguing U.S. healthcare. In fact, the Joint Commission has named improving the accuracy of patient identification as the most important national patient safety goal since 2014. However, privacy concerns have been a barrier to their widespread implementation.

Unique patient identifiers are central to eliminating medical errors and costs resulting from slow or inaccurate patient identification and will contribute to better overall care coordination. That’s why the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted in favor of an amendment that would lift a ban on federal funds for the creation of patient identifiers. This will now go to the Senate for voting, and the debate is sure to continue.

But what are patient identifiers, and what are the potential implications...