Twenty-three healthcare organizations have sent a letter to House appropriators voicing support for legislative language that would enable the Department of Health and Human Services to provide technical assistance to private sector patient-matching initiatives.

The American Health Information Management Association, American Medical Informatics Association, College of Health Information Management Executives and Health Information and Management Systems Society are among the signatories praising report language included in the fiscal year 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bill that draws attention to the growing problem in healthcare of patient data mismatches and the need to develop a coordinated national strategy to promote patient safety by matching patients to their electronic health information.

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