“Accurate Master Patient/Person Indexes: Is There a Road Not Taken?”

I had the pleasure of recently writing an article “Accurate Master Patient/Person Indexes: Is There a Road Not Taken?” for the California Health Information Association (CHIA).  CHIA has an ongoing series about how health information practice has changed, with past presidents providing their personal stories.  Telling the story of how MPIs have evolved over the Read more about “Accurate Master Patient/Person Indexes: Is There a Road Not Taken?”[…]

4 Actions to Bring Banking-Like Interoperability to Healthcare

Perhaps lost in the buzz of HIMSS was the new report Advancing Interoperability, Information Sharing, and Data Access: Improving Health and Healthcare for Americans from the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Health Leadership Council (HLC). It’s a short report that complements the HIMSS buzz around interoperability, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and consumer engagement. The report includes Read more about 4 Actions to Bring Banking-Like Interoperability to Healthcare[…]

Matching Patient Records: The GAO Perspective

The long-awaited United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Health Information Technology, Approaches and Challenges to Electronically Matching Patients’ Records across Providers, was released last week despite the government shutdown. The GAO interviewed 37 stakeholders including ONC, providers, AHRQ, and some organizations like Pew Charitable Trust and WEDI. Honestly, I was disappointed in the lack Read more about Matching Patient Records: The GAO Perspective[…]

My 2019 Focus: 4 Key Patient Identification Activities

It’s mid-January, 36o F, and nary a flake of snow is visible on my front yard. I remind myself this is not the typical winter we had anticipated in Montana. My husband grouses that he’s only used his new toy (snowplow) twice. I’ve made my customary resolutions for the new year, including to be more Read more about My 2019 Focus: 4 Key Patient Identification Activities[…]

Thanksgiving–Let’s Be Grateful

My favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving,  with most of my favorite foods is almost here—pumpkin pie, turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more pumpkin pie.  During this season I always take a step back and reflect on what I’m thankful for, particularly given the international and domestic happenings of 2019. My family.  Life’s highs Read more about Thanksgiving–Let’s Be Grateful[…]

Patient Record Matching Conversation Intensifies

My recent  AHIMA blog highlights some of the key recommendations from the Pew patient matching whitepaper released October 2 , as well as two additional suggestions for the action plan.  Kudos to Pew for heightening and broadening the record matching conversation in healthcare (and beyond).  It’s heartwarming to see some of the discussion from my 2016 Read more about Patient Record Matching Conversation Intensifies[…]

The Pew/RAND white paper: New approaches to patient matching

August was certainly anything but a quiet news month despite peak summer holidays. The  forest fires in the West (where I live) and the heat in Europe (where I spent almost three weeks on holiday) proved to be major news, but there were plenty of healthcare topics getting attention, too — particularly the new RAND Read more about The Pew/RAND white paper: New approaches to patient matching[…]

Practicing Innovation: Collaborate, Democratize, & Organize

Even as federal regulations and policies shift and healthcare leadership turns over in the Beltway, innovation is dominating healthcare conversations. I’m excited that we’re talking innovation as more than just a concept, but as a practice. Here’s a sampling of the recent innovation conversations:  Office of National Coordinator (ONC) 2nd Interoperability Forum I am heartened Read more about Practicing Innovation: Collaborate, Democratize, & Organize[…]

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .to HIMSS18

Actually, my bags are never unpacked (given my travel schedule for the past three decades), but the pace is now a bit slower. I’m really looking forward to attending HIMSS18. Renewing friendships and striking up some great conversations will be high on my list, but I’ll focus my time on these areas: Innovation. I frequently Read more about All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .to HIMSS18[…]

2017’s Patient Identification and Patient Matching Lessons

2017 proved to be a banner year for patient identification and matching experimentation and discovery. While not all initiatives end in success, 2017 certainly proved the classic saying: nothing ventured, nothing gained. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge (PMAC). The Challenge ran from April 2017 through mid-October, attracting considerable interest from Read more about 2017’s Patient Identification and Patient Matching Lessons[…]