Patient ID Now
Patient ID Now is a coalition of healthcare organizations representing a wide range of healthcare stakeholders committed to advancing through legislation and regulations a nationwide strategy to address patient identification.
What is Patient Identification?
Patient identification is the process of “correctly matching a patient to appropriately intended interventions and communicating information about the patient’s identity accurately and reliably throughout the continuum of care.” Patient identification encompasses not only physical identification of the patient, but technologies capable of improving the accuracy of patient identification as well. Different identification technological practices and operational processes are needed to meet the increasing and diverse demands for the access, exchange, and use of data by stakeholders to optimize accurate patient identification.
Today, lack of widespread operational principles as well as limitations in processes and technologies result in inaccurate patient identification. Accurate patient identification offers both improved patient safety and improved efficiency opportunities for healthcare providers—as well as enhanced interoperability.