Data used to categorize individuals for identification, records matching, and other purposes.

Data Element

Information from the submission form

Mother's Maiden Name
Contains information about the patient’s mother’s last name when she was born (i.e., before marriage).


CDC's comment on behalf of CSTE

CSTE strongly recommends that mothers maiden name be moved into USCDI v3. This element is critical to include in eCR and ELR and is used heavily for person matching and deduplication as well as when requesting additional clinical information on a case of reportable disease. This element is in routine use in HIEs and for EHR to IIS data exchange.

Unified Comment from CDC

  • Mother’s maiden name is a CDC immunization endorsed data element which is an important component of the medical records of infants and minors especially for those that may not yet have a name. The IIS uses this information to identify, prevent, and resolve duplicated and fragmented patient records using an automated process. This deduplication process, in turn, will help to ensure that the most accurate and up to date information is always available thereby improving data quality, clinical decision making and reporting quality measures (e.g, health disparities).  
  •  CSTE supports inclusion of this measure into USCDI v3: Inclusion of this element would be useful for patient matching/de-duplication

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