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Patient identification and matching: The journey continues

May 7, 2014

Industry change or transformation, particularly in healthcare, does not happen quickly, and it does not happen because of a single event. Rather, I believe a solution approach to transformation is what will yield the highest success. The challenge of patient identification holds true to this belief, and that’s why I’ve worked with customers, partners and industry groups such as HIMSS and AHIMA for over a decade.

I’ll take another step in this solution oriented journey (people, process, and technology are integral to the journey) by presenting at the AHIMA Patient Matching webinar on May 8. I’m thrilled that my colleague and IBM customer Julie Prough, director of enterprise data quality at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) will co-present.

Together we will address:

  • Historical perspective and industry activities for patient matching

  • Healthcare transformation activities that are driving a strong patient matching solution

  • AHIMA activities, particularly the new patient matching practice brief

  • Best practices and successes

  • UPMC’s journey to improve patient matching

The AHIMA Practice Brief was developed by a working group of HIM professionals, including me, who actively practice in this area. Our goal was to address the importance of patient matching in the advancing world of analytics, consumer engagement and health information exchange, with consideration to the challenges both healthcare providers and the health information exchange organizations face.  

I hope you can join Julie and me as we highlight the UPMC and industry perspective around this important topic.