In an effort to find a universal solution for accurately matching patients with their health information, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has issued a $1 million challenge to innovators to develop a national patient ID.

“There is a growing consensus among payers and providers that a unique patient ID would radically reduce medical errors and save lives,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, in a written statement. “Incomplete or duplicate health records present significant issues in terms of patient safety, and there is a pressing need for preventing, detecting and removing inaccurate records so hospitals can positively match the right data with the right patient in order to provide the best possible care.”

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