Wednesday, September 26, 2012

HIMSS Wants a New Look at Patient ID Matching

Goedert, Joseph. "HIMSS Wants a New Look at Patient ID Matching." Health Data and Source Media, Inc., September 24, 2012.
From the article: "In absence of a national patient identifier, there is a need to identify best approaches for a nationwide patient data matching strategy, HIMSS notes in a recommendation to Congress, available here. Legislative appropriations language implemented in 1999 and reauthorized each year since has blocked enactment of a patient identifier, which was mandated under the HIPAA law. The language, which blocks funding for an identifier, has been a barrier to optimal health information exchange, the association notes." Read more