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Patient identification has been called “paramount” to the formation of an interoperable Learning Health System (LHS). So says the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS).
A joint statement sent by CHIME and AMDIS to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) asks that patient identifiers be included in the interoperability draft roadmap, reports the National Association of Healthcare Access Management. To access the statement, go to http://bit.ly/1cdaF5e. “Without a standard patient identifier, the creation of a longitudinal care record, composed of data and created through disparate systems, geographies, and chronology is simply not feasible,” the statement said. The American Hospital Association (AHA) has asked the government to at least allocate funding to study consumer views about the patient ID system.
The AHA has called the need for a standard patient identifier urgent, notwithstanding the congressional law on the books for more than a decade that prevents the Department of Health and Human Services from creating a unique patient identifier.
The main themes of the CHIME/AMDIS statement are summarized at the beginning of their submission, and they include: