Patient Identification and Matching Final Report

Published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. With Greg Farnum, Scott Afzal, Carol Robinson, Jan Greene, and Chris Coughlin.

The patient identification and matching initiative was led by four guiding principles:

  1. patient safety is the driving force for improvement in patient matching
  2. the real-world impacts on the workflow of administrative and clinical personnel must be carefully considered
  3. patient matching is a complex problem, and therefore, improvements will be multifaceted and incremental with no single solution or step that is final
  4. potential improvements should apply all sizes and types of provider settings, a range of health IT adoption levels, and a broad set of “use cases.”

The guiding principles, literature review, environmental scan, feedback received at each stakeholder meeting, and the written comments received after each meeting, informed the findings.

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