AHA on HIT Safety Plan: We Need the Patient ID System Fixed

The American Hospital Association likes much of the health information technology safety plan that the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT released for public comment in December. But the patient identifier issue was glossed over in the plan and must be given more focus, the AHA says in a comment letter to ONC.

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In an effort to develop a near 100% accurate patient identification mechanism, more and more hospitals and healthcare systems are evaluating the use of biometric technology. Iris biometric patient identification technology in particular, is an excellent addition to any existing electronic medical record system because of it's accuracy, no contact/hygienic characteristic that supports hospital infection control standards, ability to identify unconscious patients, and the only biometric patient identification system to eliminate duplicates and overlays -- two distinct problems that exist individually and across health information exchanges.
Posted by John T | Sunday, February 10 2013 at 7:34PM ET
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