National patient ID challenge issued

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 25, 2015

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is to launch a $1 million national patient identification challenge this summer.

The challenge is an effort to find a solution to accurately match patients with their healthcare information. The goal of the challenge is achieve a 100% patient identification matching rate.

Inaccurate electronic health records often exist due to data entry errors or when more than one patient shares the same name. An example cited by CHIME shows that data collected by the Harris County Hospital District in Houston has 2,488 patients named Maria Garcia and 231 of them share the same birth date.

These errors can result in delay of treatment as well as possible harm to the patient.

For further information about CHIME’s National Patient ID challenge, visit HeroX.