As a part of the “Create” portion of the “ToC” [Transition of Care] criterion in the 2015 Edition, we [the ONC] proposed to require a Health IT Module to be able to create a transition of care/referral summary that included a limited set of standardized data in order to improve the quality of the data that could potential be used for patient matching by a receiving system. The proposed standardized data included: First name, last name, maiden name, middle name (including middle initial), suffix, date of birth, place of birth, current address, historical address, phone number, and sex, with constrained specifications for some of the proposed standardized data.
· Previous name
· Middle name (including middle initial)
· Date of birth—The year, month, and day of birth are required fields. Hour, minute, and second are optional fields; however, if hour, minute, and second are provided then the time zone offset must be included. If date of birth is unknown, the field should be marked as null.
· Phone number—Represent phone number (home, business, cell) in the ITU format specified in ITU-T E.123 and ITU-T E.164 which we are adopting at § 170.207(q)(1). If multiple phone numbers are present, all should be included.
· Sex in accordance with the standard we are adopting at § 170.207(n)(1)
In subsequent issues of NAHAM News we will highlight each of these attributes as found in the 2015 certification criteria and NAHAM's recommended best practices associated with each one. NAHAM's Public Policy and Government Relations Committee is developing recommended best practices for Patient Name, Date of Birth, Address, Phone Number, and Sex to address the capture of accurate data to enhance these efforts in standardization.
Do you have any thoughts on these patient attributes, the standardization of each for purposes of patient transition of care between healthcare providers, or best practices to recommend for the intake of this information from the perspective of Patient Access. Let us know!