Pa­tient ID rules eyed

Health Data Management - - NEWSLINE -

New guid­ance from the Joint Com­mis­sion fo­cuses on ways to con­sider when re­ly­ing on hu­man or tech­nol­ogy fac­tors to pos­i­tively iden­tify pa­tients.

Ger­ald Cas­tro, pro­ject direc­tor of pa­tient safety ini­tia­tives at the Joint Com­mis­sion, calls for health­care pro­fes­sion­als to re­ceive ad­e­quate train­ing and to con­duct re­li­able pro­ce­dures, con­tend­ing that ac­cu­rate pa­tient iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity of all stake­hold­ers. The Joint Com­mis­sion guid­ance lists nine rec­om­mended safety ac­tions cov­er­ing is­sues such as lim­it­ing dis­trac­tions, us­ing two iden­ti­fiers to match the pa­tient, stan­dard­iz­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, and cap­tur­ing pa­tient in­for­ma­tion no mat­ter where regis­tra­tion oc­curs.

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