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RAND Identifies 10 Potential Patient EHR Matching Solutions

August 23, 2018 - In a new report sponsored by Pew Charitable Trusts, RAND identified ten potential patient EHR matching solutions and proposed a three-stage approach to help resolve the healthcare industry’s decades-old problem with patient matching accuracy. “Incomplete and erroneous record matching (the process of identifying and linking medical records for the same patient across...


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Sequoia Project Modernizes Patient EHR Matching Framework

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project recently released an updated national patient EHR matching framework to streamline health data exchange across healthcare organizations. The framework is detailed in a revised white paper titled “A Framework for...

42% of Healthcare CIOs List Patient Matching Issues a Top Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

While healthcare CIOs cite patient matching as a top issue at their institution, there is still a lack of awareness for how large of a problem duplicate or fragmented patient EHRs can be for providers, according to recent...

Health Information Exchange Hindered by Patient Matching Issues

by Elizabeth Snell

Clarifying the unique patient identifier to enable patient matching is critical to ensure the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, and the federal government must take strides to aid the private sector in these...

Duplicate Patient Medical Records Stem from Lagging MPI Process

by Elizabeth Snell

Discrepancies with duplicate patient medical records are often because of a healthcare organization’s lack of data standardization, specifically with the Master Patient Index (MPI) record process, according to a study published...

Duplicate Patient EHRs Cost Hospitals $1,950 Per Inpatient Stay

by Kate Monica

Duplicate patient EHRs cost hospitals an average of $1,950 per patient per inpatient stay, according to a 2018 Black Book survey about the use and value of enterprise master patient index (EMPI) solutions. Black Book researchers surveyed...

ONC, CMMI Institute Release Patient Data Quality Framework

by Kate Monica

The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Institute recently announced its Patient Demographic Data Quality (PDDQ) framework is now publically available to help healthcare organizations reduce patient matching errors. Developed in...

CHIME Suspends 2-Year National Patient ID Challenge Initiative

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently announced it will suspend the National Patient ID Challenge Initiative after nearly two years of work. “Though we’ve made great progress and moved...

ONC Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Selects 3 Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the three winners of the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge. Winning submissions were selected from a pool of over 140 competing teams and nearly 7,000 algorithm submissions using an ONC-provided dataset. Algorithms...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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