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.
Recognizing it as a continuing substantial patient safety issue, ONC is investigating strategies to improve patient identity and matching. Stakeholder input and insight into existing challenges and promising innovations in patient identity and matching will inform ONC’s report to Congress on technical and operational methods that improve patient identity and matching. We invite all stakeholders to submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 4, 2020.
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