Inaccurate patient identification methods could sink the vision of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology for establishment of a "universal exchange language" to accelerate health information exchange, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

In a comment letter, Chicago-based HIMSS expresses concern that the council's report issued in December "continually states that there is no role for universal patient identifiers, but does not offer a detailed approach as to how the healthcare community will achieve error-free patient identification across healthcare organizations."

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