The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched a program to identify and standardize basic attributes used for matching patients to their data.

These attributes include such common fields as name, date of birth, address, sex, cell phone number, emergency contact and insurer, Lee Stevens, ONC policy director of the state health information exchange program, explains in a new posting on the ONC blog page. “As part of the new Patient Matching Initiative, environmental scans and widespread literature reviews will be conducted to inform the next steps in the project.”

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