Though patient data mismatches remain a significant and growing problem in healthcare, ongoing congressional language in the Department of Health and Human Services appropriations prohibits HHS from using federal agency dollars to create a national unique patient identifier.

“If Congress changes their position on that and gives us authority to do that, we will move forward on it,” said Jodi Daniel, the Office of the National Coordinator’s Director of the Office of Policy Planning, at an April 7 Health IT Policy Committee. “In the meantime, we are acting within our authority.”

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