Patient matching is defined as the identification and linking of one patient's data within and across health systems in order to obtain a comprehensive view of that patient's health care record. At a minimum, this is accomplished by linking multiple demographic data fields such as name, birth date, phone number, and address. Patient matching is a critical component to interoperability and the nation's health information technology infrastructure.
Recent Patient Matching Efforts at ONC
- HEART Work Group Specifications (Health Relationship Trust Profiles)
- ONC Symposium on Patient Matching for PDMPs
- ONC Patient Matching, Aggregation, and Linking (PMAL) Project, Final Report
- 2020 ONC Annual Meeting, Unique Perspectives on Unique Patient IDs
- ONC Patient Identity and Matching Working Session, June 2020
- ONC Patient Identity and Matching Working Session, August 2020