Errors in patient identification have become rampant and carry significant consequences that negatively impact patient care and hospitals’ financial performance, according to a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute for Imprivata, a healthcare IT security company.

Top causes for misidentification are problems related to registration and the time pressure that clinicians face in treating patients, according to the study of responses from 503 healthcare executives and care providers in the U.S., which formed the basis for the 2016 National Patient Misidentification Report.

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