AHIMA Releases Naming Policy to Enhance Patient Identification and Matching

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Accurate patient identification is of the utmost importance in interoperability and failing to ensure accuracy poses a significant risk to patient safety and misidentification.  Organizations have begun collaborating to provide guidance on several key components to reduce these risks. 

  • The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has released a Naming Policy to enhance patient matching and identification.

  • Best practices related to naming conventions for accurate patient identification were developed by a workgroup of subject matter experts created by AHIMA and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). 

  • The NDHIN team has begun brainstorming on ways that we could collaborate with others across the state to develop ND specific best practices and other helpful information – stay tuned for more to come on this! 

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