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Patient ID Takes Priority at CHIME Fall Forum

by Mark Hagland

Healthcare Informatics

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Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: CHIME Advocacy Directors Affirm Patient ID, Cybersecurity, and Meaningful Use as Key Areas of Focus

Kriegstein began the joint presentation by outlining CHIMEs top advocacy priorities in working with Congress and the Obama administration, as of the beginning of calendar year 2015. She said those priorities were, in descending order: patient identity matching, cybersecurity, meaningful use, patient safety, telemedicine, quality measurement, and ICD-10.

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Patient Identity Front and Center When It Comes to the Promise of Interoperability

Patient identity matching tops the list of priorities for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Leslie Kriegstein, vice president at CHIME, announced the agency’s priorities at a recent press briefing. It’s a key focus for many healthcare organizations as they seek both to streamline their processes and ensure patient privacy protection. What do you need to know?

CHIME’s announcement that it intends to focus on the critical issue of patient identity as a key driver of interoperability is important, but it’s an area where many challenges remain. There’s movement afoot, not only through CHIME, but also through some bills that have been introduced to Congress. This is an issue that healthcare leaders and their IT staff members need to stay on top of.