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 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.