Submitted by nedragarrett_CDC on 2023-04-07
CDC's Consolidated Comment for USCDI v4
- The specimen identifier is assigned at the time of collection from the patient. This identifier is critical to track with the specimen as it is transported from one point of healthcare to another, as well as to ensure that the laboratory results from the testing and evaluation are linked to the correct specimen. This is extremely critical for specimens that are sent out to a sub-lab or parts of the specimen are sent to different sub-labs for additional testing. It is critical that the specimen ID assigned at collection travel with the specimen and all parts as it is evaluated across one or more laboratories.
- Comments from NACCHO: NACCHO supports including the data element specimen identifier
- Comments from CSTE: CSTE agrees with CDC's recommendation for this data element.
Submitted by hswmin on 2023-04-14
THIA Comment on Laboratory: Specimen IdentifierThe Texas Health Informatics Alliance (THIA) Policy and Standards Working Group supports the proposal for specimen identifiers. Some institutions already have unique identifiers, but others may not. We believe that there is value in having two methods for tracking specimens.