Client Spotlight: How To Fool-Proof Patient Matching
Mistaken hospital identity happens more often than you would like to think. Fortunately, Get Real Health CTO and Founding Partner Jason Harmon says there are steps hospitals and health information technology can take to make patient matching more fool-proof. His piece, The Brave New World of Patient ID And Matching, was featured on the guest column of HealthIT Outcomes digital magazine.
Harmon explains that patient misidentification hospital errors happen all too often. However, Get Real Health has developed patient engagement apps that allow patients access to their health records and, along with their providers, track symptoms, behaviors and other important data to monitor their health. The problem is, many organizations have inconsistent IT systems when it comes to patient matching.
Jason says to minimize patient misidentification and perfect patient matching, healthcare providers and health IT developers can:
Capture the right data
Capture the data consistently
Verify ID of patients entering information online
Read “The Brave New World of Patient ID and Matching” in full here