White House, Congress Petitioned to Establish Unique Patient Identifier

The White House Web site has a “We the People” page where citizens can start an online petition to change public policy. A post to the site on March 25 petitions the Obama Administration to “Ask Congress to no longer prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from establishing standards for a unique patient identifier.” The rest of the petition reads:

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Comments (2)
Why was this not included in Obamacare? The rest of the kitchen sink including the garbage was! If this was done and a national database for all electronic health data created that certainly would have kept costs down! Then CMS would have all the data, the pts. and Docs could access and all MU to infinity should then stop. All which would save even more money.
Posted by mackley | Thursday, March 28 2013 at 1:09PM ET
Couldn't agree more that this form of ID is needed. As CIO in healthcare I have faced the challenges of bringing data together from disparate sources. With I-DENTI-FIED I am trying to lead the way with a unique identifier but more importantly use it to link a longitudinal record together by putting the patient at the center. Using their patient portal and a format like the credit card industry, with ID and PIN and technology like the financial industry has used to link bank accounts to your own personal software we can provide a solution regardless of EMR vendor or geography while keeping the data secure at its home site. In addition, I-DENTI-FIED sends immediate notification to case managers or caregivers when a medical history is accessed allowing intervention if needed.
Posted by smwise01 | Thursday, March 28 2013 at 12:25PM ET
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