Unique health ID numbers could aid quality, efficiency

December 2008
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Dec2008, Vol. 82 Issue 12, p48
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The article discusses a study by RAND Corporation which revealed that creating a unique patient identification number for every person in the U.S. would help reduce medical errors, simplify the use of electronic medical records, increase efficiency and protect patient privacy. Creating the system could cost as much as $11 billion, but would likely return even more in benefits to the nation's health care system, RAND Health researchers say. The use of statistical matching by health systems is also addressed.


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