Unless you’re off the grid, your email box is full of newsletters and news stories focused on the patient matching conundrum. Trying to solve our country’s patient identification woes has many highly respected healthcare experts talking about this billion-dollar problem—some even going so far as to put their money where their mouth is.

Recently, the phrase “digital identity” has been tossed around whenever talk turns to solutions. Healthcare organizations and vendors alike are weighing in on how technologies being developed under this umbrella will help to solve this costly problem. Smart cards, magnetic stripe cards, bar-coded cards, biometrics (such as iris recognition or palm vein scanning) and smartphones/mobile devices are all authenticator-type technologies being developed to chip away at identification errors.

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