After years of advocacy by AHIMA, lawmakers, and other stakeholder groups, Congress recently took steps moving the nation toward a more comprehensive way to accurately match patients to their health information.
Implementing sound health IT practices can help reduce patient matching errors, but getting a good program off the ground requires buy-in from healthcare executives and stakeholders throughout an organization, according to presenters at an ECRI Institute and the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety webinar on Thursday.
Efforts to lift the federal ban against allowing Congress to discuss patient identity solutions is picking up momentum, with AHIMA joining provider, payer, and health IT stakeholder groups in asking legislators to make the issue a priority.
Keeping the organization’s master patient index clean leads some HIM departments all the way back to patient registration, where they collaborate to prevent errors before care starts. Accurate registration helps keep patient data complete and clean as it moves throughout the organization. Long-term trouble can start during a brief check-in. A rushed or incomplete search of the organization’s MPI can cause clinical registrars to create...