Pew Urges Agency to Improve Electronic Health Record Interoperability

Letter calls for prioritizing patient matching, data standardization

Pew Urges Agency to Improve Electronic Health Record Interoperability
Pew Urges Agency to Improve Electronic Health Record Interoperability

The Pew Charitable Trusts sent a letter Aug. 25 to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology asking it to consider ways to address two critical aspects of interoperability in electronic health records: patient matching and data standardization. 

Patient Matching Errors Risk Safety Issues, Raise Health Care Costs
Patient Matching Errors Risk Safety Issues, Raise Health Care Costs
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Patient Matching Errors Risk Safety Issues, Raise Health Care Costs

Mistaken identities and unmatched records can have serious consequences

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Electronic health records (EHRs) hold key information: a patient’s medical history, medications, allergies and more. But patients see multiple doctors in different locations, and current ways of matching people to their records are inadequate.