Pandemic highlights need for unique patient identifier, industry tells ONC

Healthcare Dive

Rebecca Pifer

UPIs are numbers, codes or data that differentiate one person from another, like a Social Security number. The push to create one linked to patient medical records has gained steam in recent years to cut waste, duplicates and avoidable medical errors: More than 250,000 people in the U.S. die every year from medical mistakes, some of which are due to to physicians operating on incorrect data, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Congress directed ONC to develop a report with suggestions on how to improve the state of patient matching in the U.S. Monday's virtual conference, for the agency to glean stakeholder input, reiterated the much of the healthcare sector's support for a UPI, especially...

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