If you think maintaining an accurate record of who’s who across one facility is difficult, try doing it across multiple organizations.
With the Affordable Care Act granting more Americans access to health care, the demand for better patient identity technologies continues to climb. The combination of additional patients and the growth of data-sharing health information exchanges (HIEs) may lead to serious patient identification problems, including duplicate records, overlays, and other inaccuracies. Hospitals with lax processes or that fail to employ strong patient-matching algorithms can potentially tarnish data flowing through HIEs. Bad data easily can spread as information travels across different facilities and organizations.
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