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Sequoia Project Modernizes Patient EHR Matching Framework

June 13, 2018 - 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 Cross-Organizational Patient Identity Management 2018” and includes a matching maturity model, a case study, and best practices for implementing and...


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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 research. Forty-two...

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 efforts,...

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 in...

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 1,392...

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 partnership...

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 the industry...

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 were...

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 methods. US Senators...

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...

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