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Policymakers to take another shot at patient-record matching
Modern Healthcare

Federal health information technology policymakers, aided by a number of healthcare IT organizations, will take another stab at achieving industry consensus on how to best match patients to their electronic health records to improve patient safety and care coordination. The goal is to make sure healthcare providers have the right EHR for their patient and aren’t mistakenly looking at the record for another person with the same name or birthday. How best to identify patient records has been controversial at least since passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996.

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