Initial findings from the Office of National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology (ONC) reaffirm the priorities of LifeMed ID, the
nation's leader in providing healthcare solutions to ensure patient
safety through accurate record matching and patient identification.
The ONC, the top U.S. agency on health IT security, launched the Patient
Matching Initiative in 2013 in response to the need for improved
technology to manage the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Based on initial findings and recommendations from stakeholders, the ONC
announced last month an imminent need for improved patient
identification and record matching across healthcare organizations, and
for defining processes and best practices for accurate patient identity.
"We applaud the ONC's stance that achieving patient safety, reducing
fraud and eliminating duplicate records is a national priority," said
David Batchelor, Founder and CEO of LifeMed ID. "Not only do we support
the ONC's Patient Matching Initiative, we already have in place the
recommended solutions. We verify patient identity, validate they are
insured, and match the patient to one valid record so the provider can
deliver the correct care, while avoiding waste, fraud and substandard
LifeMed ID's patient identification and record matching solutions align
with the ONC's objectives and meet or exceed the ONC's requirements for
hospitals and clinics nationwide. Additionally, LifeMed ID actively
participates in committees and organizations - such as the National
Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), the Smart Card
Alliance (SCA), the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) an the
Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) - that provide
standards-based guidance to the ONC. The ONC is the principal federal
entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement the
most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange
of health information.
"As our country works through the adoption of health information
technology to support the ramp up of nationwide health information
exchanges (HIE), the issue that will rise to the top will be how to deal
with accurate patient identity and record matching to eliminate
duplicate records and procedures," Batchelor said. "If we don't address
patient identification properly, we will continue to incur unnecessary
and unacceptable costs - both in dollars and lives. Fortunately, LifeMed
ID is perfectly positioned to offer solutions that are ready and proven
to ensure patient safety, reduce fraud, eliminate duplicate records and
dirty data, as well as provide efficiency and interoperability."
LifeMed ID's product suite enables healthcare providers to securely
validate and risk-assess patient identities in real time prior to each
point of registration. With patient validation, LifeMed ID instills a
level of trust with patients that their medical and personal information
remains secure. It also helps providers meet their Meaningful Use Stage
The basis of the Meaningful Use and Accountable Care standards raise a
key question, Batchelor said. "What is an acceptable percentage of
misidentification and duplicate records when treating a patient?
Currently duplicate records average 5 to 15 percent nationally for
healthcare providers. Is this an acceptable risk for patient care?"
Batchelor and LifeMed ID will lead a discussion on patient
identification at a day-long pre-conference at the Healthcare
Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and
Exposition in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 23, 2014. For more details go here
for an agenda and list of speakers.
About LifeMed ID:
LifeMed ID is the U.S. industry leader in preventing fraud, ensuring
safety and saving lives. Through its suite of solutions, LifeMed ID
eliminates patient misidentification and improves patient safety by
providing secure, user friendly integrated healthcare solutions that
allow clinicians and patients to have access to their data spanning
multiple systems. LifeMed ID integrates the use of multiple
interoperable patient identity solutions, including smart cards, state
of the art biometrics such as IRIS scan, palm vein and facial
recognition, and holds multiple patents for smart card patient data
storage. For more information visit www.lifemedid.com
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