Initial findings from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on ways to match patients with their data do address problems with current HIT systems and data exchanges, notes advocacy organization Patient Privacy Rights.

But there isn’t much else in the findings that the organization agrees with. In testimony at an ONC public meeting in December, PPR noted that “the findings address today’s problems without anticipating where we will be tomorrow; they did not foresee that the HITECH Act and meaningful use requirements can be used to resolve many of today’s problems without patient identity and patient matching.”

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