AHIMA, CHIME, others lobby Capitol Hill for unique patient ID

Healthcare IT News: Members of the American Health Information Management Association and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives were in Washington this week, calling on the United States Senate to follow the lead of the House of Representatives in removing the longstanding ban on federal funding for research into nationwide patient identifier.

Leaders from AHIMA and CHIME – which represent health information management professionals and health system CIOs respectively – made the case to Congress that lifting the ban on federal funding for a unique patient ID would enable the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to work with private sector organizations to explore new solutions to improve patient matching – protecting privacy while reducing a major risk of medical errors.

Read article