So say the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS).
|A joint statement sent by CHIME and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems to the ONC is asking that patient identifiers be included in the interoperability draft roadmap. |
Earlier this year The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released for public comment its shared nationwide roadmap for interoperability.
Find the CHIME/AMDIS statement.
"Without a standard patient identifier, the creation of a longitudinal care record, composed of data and created through disparate systems, geographies and chronology is simply not feasible," the statement said. The American Hospital Association has asked the federal government to at least allocate funding to study consumer views about the patient identification system.
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In the same vein, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has called the need for a standard patient identifier urgent, notwithstanding the congressional law now on the books for over a decade that prevents the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from creating a unique patient identifier.
The main themes of the CHIME/AMDIS statement are summarized at the beginning of their submission:
Good food for thought for all of us, including policy makers. What do you think?