Patient Matching Strategy Should Leverage Smartphones, Biometrics

Stakeholders should entrust a single organization to oversee a nationwide patient matching strategy that involves using smartphones and biometrics to accurately pair patients with their EHRs, according to a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts.

This vision for a nationwide patient matching strategy is likely attainable in the long-term, researchers maintained. Currently, there is no solution that can achieve perfect match rates for all patients, but there are ways to improve matching accuracy.

“To address patient matching challenges, The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted research to assess various opportunities to make progress,” wrote Pew researchers.

Pew collaborated with patient matching field experts, examined public reports and documents, and evaluated common suggestions and emerging approaches to identify potential strategies for boosting patient matching in the near and long-term…..more

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