Patient Identity Integrity Toolkit

The HIMSS Patient Identity Integrity Toolkit provides resources detailing the complexities of patient identity management.

Patient identity management is a long standing challenge in the health care organization, provider office, or anywhere patient databases are collected. The purpose of the Patient Identity Integrity Toolkit is to enhance the industry's understanding of patient identity integrity and the many issues involved in reliably - and safely - matching patient identity across systems.

What follows is a set of resources that address the range of variables impacting patient identity integrity within and across organizations.


Understanding Patient Identity Integrity

Patient Identity Integrity White Paper
Gain an understanding of the complex issues relating to the accuracy and completeness of electronic health data attached to or associated with an individual patient and the linking of all such data within and across systems.

Patient Identity Integrity in Health Information Organizations (HIOs)
Traditional patient record matching usually occurs within a single organization or a group of organizations under common governance. The multi-organizational nature of HIOs introduces organizational diversity, complexity, and governance challenges that need to be addressed so that HIOs can consistently identify patients in an accurate manner. This paper highlights some of these challenges and discusses recommendations to help achieve patient identity integrity.


A Primer on Interface Protocols

Patient Identity Integrity – A Primer on Interface Protocols
Learn about the roles that interface protocols play in efforts to maintain patient identity integrity.


Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Patient Identity Management
Understand the effectiveness of your patient identity management and governance program by using these essential key performance metrics.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Identity Management – Example Scenarios
Learn how to apply key performance indicators for identity management by reading through example case studies.


Model Data Practices

Model Data Practices for Patient Identity Integrity
Read about key data practices that are fundamental to maintaining patient identity integrity.


Existing Literature and Publications

Accurate Patient Records Matching—Time for HIE Leadership
This Legal Corner article addresses the concern for establishing means to ensure the accuracy of matching patients to their data that is accessed through a health information exchange.

Patient Identity Integrity Resources and References
Search through our bibliographic list of additional patient identity integrity resources and references.

Patient Identity Integrity Glossary of Terms
Navigate patient matching terminology by accessing the Patient Identity Integrity Glossary of Terms.


Information for Executives

What the C-Suite Needs to know about Patient Identity Integrity
Explore what the C-Suite needs to know about patient identity integrity by listening to this HIMSS Annual Conference education session.

Sample Identity Management Job Descriptions 
View sample job descriptions for positions that are applicable to managing patient identity in an organization.