Major Health Orgs Create National Patient Identifier Coalition

EHR Intelligence

Christopher Jason

The group of health organizations aims to encourage Congress to repeal a law that prevents HHS from working with the private sector to develop a national patient identifier (NPI) system.

Six major healthcare organizations have announced a collaboration aiming to enhance a national patient identifier program and boost patient matching by leveraging Congress for legislation and regulations.

American College of Surgeons, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Intermountain Healthcare, and Premier Healthcare Alliance have banded together to create Patient ID Now.

“It’s inspiring to see six healthcare organizations work together to create positive change for patients and healthcare systems,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. “I am optimistic Patient ID Now will...

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