The Sequoia Project, which operates eHealth Exchange, a national health information network, is calling on industry stakeholders along with policy and technical experts to join a new workgroup to find ways to improve and better standardize patient identity matching without using a national patient identification number.

A patient-matching framework is composed of a set of resources and reference materials, including substantial demographic information, to enable a provider organization to correctly identify its patients and to match those patients when they get treated at other provider organizations, explains Mariann Yeager, CEO of Sequoia. It can be done in healthcare, she contends, adding that, “Financial institutions have been doing this for years.”

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