Health information organizations (HIOs) support, oversee, or govern the exchange of health-related information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards.
HIOs are the recipients of the stewardship and governance applied to patient identification processes, thus HIOs are today highlighting many of the weaknesses in the historical systems and practices.
Existing standards are largely targeted at vendor and source system data format and position, not content accuracy, completeness, or relevance to industry changes.
Examples include: The healthcare industry initiative Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) has long embraced the need for protocols that address patient identification, including Patient Identifier Cross Referencing Integration (PIX), Patient Data Query (PDQ), and Patient Administration Management (PAM) integration profiles.
While data exchange is on the uptake, electronically exchanged data rarely meet the standard for each data quality attribute listed above.
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