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Patient Matching

GAO Identifies Additional Efforts to Improve Patient Matching

January 16, 2019 - The Government Accountability Office recently released findings from interviews of nearly two score of physicians, hospitals, and other stakeholders that detail the many challenges in the way of patient matching as well as potential solutions. Errors in patient matching — primarily the mistaken matching of different patients or the failure to match records for the same patient...


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Change, Experian Health Partner on Identity Management Platform

by Jessica Davis

Experian Health and Change Healthcare announced they’re working together on new technology that will be capable of accurately identifying patients across the healthcare sector. The two tech vendors are building an identity...

How Health Information Exchanges Can Boost EHR Patient Matching

by Kate Monica

Ensuring high levels of accuracy in EHR patient matching across healthcare organizations is increasingly critical as stakeholders work to improve interoperability, increase health information exchange (HIE) adoption, and promote health...

KHIN Expands Health Information Exchange with New Participant

by Kate Monica

The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) recently furthered its reach after adding Saint Luke’s Health System to its list of participants, according to KTTN. Saint Luke’s is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system that...

Patients Overwhelmingly Support Unique Identifiers for EHR Matching

by Kate Monica

The vast majority of patients support the use of unique identifiers to improve patient EHR matching, according to new original research by Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization teamed up with Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research...

Patient Matching Strategy Should Leverage Smartphones, Biometrics

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders should entrust a single organization to oversee a nationwide patient matching strategy that involves using smartphones and biometrics to accurately pair patients with their EHRs, according to a new report from Pew Charitable...

How to Create a Standardized Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

A nationwide patient matching strategy should be led by the private-sector and spearheaded by a neutral coordinating organization to ensure flexibility, transparency, and standardization, according to several healthcare industry...

Focal Areas for Improving Patient Matching in Provider Settings

by Elizabeth Snell

Accurate patient identification is a critical aspect of healthcare, especially as healthcare organizations are implementing new EHRs and connecting to HIEs in the push toward nationwide interoperability. Patient matching issues can occur...

How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching. Problems with patient EHR...

Refining Patient Matching Process for Stronger Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations understand that patient matching is an important aspect of the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, but providers must ensure they have the right tools to accurately identify patients and then...

MI Health Information Exchange Joins Opioid Research Project

by Kate Monica

Michigan health information exchange (HIE) Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) will assist in a University of Michigan project centered on researching the scope and impact of the opioid crisis. Editor's note: A previous version of this...

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...

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