Organizations Partner to Develop Patient Matching Framework

Due to lacking federal regulations and actions on health information interoperability, private organizations are starting to fill in the gaps. The Sequoia Project and the Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC) have just done so with the launch of a national patient matching framework in the form of a white paper.

“Right now, many care organizations are experiencing match rates that are far too low—reducing effectiveness of care, increasing costs, and impacting the patient experience,” wrote Eric Heflin, chief technology officer for The Sequoia Project and co-author of the paper, in a written statement to Healthcare Informatics. “We need an approach that delivers the best possible means to match patients, and the paper released today clearly illustrates that it’s possible and within reach, even without a curated national identifier.”

The proposal has a public comment period until January 22, 2016.

The white paper also features a case study of a live production pilot using CCC Services between Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and local exchange partners including Utah Health Information Network. It also features a patient matching maturity model “designed to help organizations assess their current state and provide a roadmap towards methodically improving.”

The paper also includes a list of minimally acceptable patient matching practices for CIOs, CTOs, and other technology leaders to adopt.

Click here for more information and to download the white paper.

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