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Patients May Be Losing ‘Match Game’ With Medical Records (1)

Oct. 2, 2018, 4:02 AMUpdated: Oct. 2, 2018, 9:10 PM

Electronic health records that don’t match up with the correct patient may be disrupting patient care and causing unnecessary medical testing.

Patient matching rates aren’t where they should be and are hindering the national exchange of electronic patient records, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report released Oct. 2. Matching rates may be as low as 80 percent, meaning one in five patients may not be matched with their health record when getting treated.

Accurate patient matching is essential to ongoing efforts to create a national network for electronically exchanging patient data between health-care providers. Using biometrics to identify patients ...

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