Pew Urges Congress to Promote Patient Matching in Electronic Health Records to Address COVID-19

Pew Urges Congress to Promote Patient Matching in Electronic Health Records to Address COVID-19

The Pew Charitable Trusts sent a letter May 4 to the leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives urging them to support improved patient matching in electronic health records to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter highlighted how the use of additional demographic data elements such as phone numbers and email addresses, along with standardizing how existing elements such as mailing addresses are recorded, could improve match rates. Those elements, in turn, could assist with both contact tracing from new cases and a future vaccination campaign.

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.