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Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching

October 5, 2017 - Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching methods. US Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) issued these requests...


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Top 5 Challenges to Achieving Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Improved healthcare interoperability is a top priority for providers, policymakers, and patients in 2017. The public and private sectors are working across the industry to facilitate seamless health data exchange between a multitude of health...

Regenstrief to Develop Automated Patient EHR Matching Solution

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) recently began work to develop an automated patient EHR matching solution, using a new $1.7 million grant.* Editor's note: A previous version of this article...

Surescripts NRLS Extends to 14 Additional Health Systems

by Kate Monica

Surescripts announced it has added 14 new health systems to its National Record Locator Service (NRLS), furthering its efforts to improve interoperability nationwide. “In today’s fragmented healthcare environment, health systems need...

CHIME Unveils National Patient Identifier Challenge Finalists

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) yesterday announced the finalists of its Healthcare Innovation Trust National Patient ID Challenge, its own effort to address positive patient identification nationwide. After...

National Patient Identifier Gains Congressional Support

by Kate Monica

Proponents of a national patient identifier are pleased with the inclusion of certain language in a recently approved 2017 federal spending plan. Congress has included report language in its FY 2017 Omnibus spending bill allowing HHS to lend...

ONC to Promote Interoperability in Patient Matching Challenge

by Kate Monica

ONC is set to launch the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge this June in an effort to further advance interoperability. In a recent article, Director of Standards and Technology at ONC Steve Posnack, MS, elaborated on a five minute presentation...

Healthcare Organizations Still Lack National Patient Identifier

by Kate Monica

For years, organizations including HIMSS and CHIME have vocalized the need for a national patient identifier. As health IT and health data exchange continue to evolve, the need for a consistent, accurate way to identify patient health records...

Researchers Discuss Problems, Solutions to Patient Identification

by Kate Monica

A recent ECRI Institute presentation outlined findings regarding best practices to reduce patient matching errors. In collaboration with the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, the organization presented additional findings from its health...

Renewed Call for HHS Support to National Patient Identifier

by Kate Monica

A group of 25 healthcare organizations representing providers, payers, and health IT companies have written members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to remove a nearly twenty-year-old provision preventing HHS from adopting...

EHR Data Management Tops ECRI List of Patient Safety Threats

by Kate Monica

ECRI Institute recently published their 2017 Top 10 Patient Concerns for Healthcare Organizations using findings acquired through the institute’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) event data, input from healthcare provider organizations,...

Groups Seek to Add Patient Identifier Language to Labor Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Twenty-three organizations have signed a letter sent to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations looking to include language mention of a unique patient identifier "in any final FY17 appropriations bill." In the letter, the...

Why Optimism Is Building for National Patient Identifier

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A report from the House Committee on Appropriations contains language on the use of national patient identifiers indicating the possibility that future legislation could remove the prohibition against the federal government funding...

How Does a National Patient Identifier Help Cybersecurity?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest call for a national patient identifier has come from an unlikely place — a hearing on healthcare cybersecurity convened by the House Subcommittee on Health. In written testimony for the hearing, “Examining Cybersecurity...

AHIMA Seeks Patient Identifier Talks to Improve EHR Use

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently announced the launch of a petition to address the need for a “national voluntary patient safety identifier,” which would improve patient matching tools associated...

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