The Electronic Health Record Association has called for a nationwide patient data matching strategy to ensure the accurate, timely, and efficient matching of patients with their healthcare data across different systems and settings of care.

In an Aug. 12 letter to the Senate Finance Committee, EHRA argued that a nationwide patient data matching strategy remains “one of the most critical unresolved issues in the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information” in this country. According to the organization, which represents 40 EHR companies, the problem is that patients often have medical records in multiple locations including hospitals, physician practices, laboratories, pharmacies and other settings.

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