The importance of identifying patients correctly
Although it may seem obvious, reality shows us that countless medical errors occur in the health system, many of them irreversible, due to mistakes in patient identification, which puts patient safety at risk throughout the entire healthcare process, from diagnosis to treatment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of ensuring that patients are accurately matched to their medical records, but the problem of patient misidentification persists, jeopardizing patient safety and the effective response of the public health system.
To make this problem visible and bring it to the United States Senate, six medical organizations have created the organization Patient ID Now, with the objective of expediting legislation that regulates a national strategy to address the problem of patient identification in this country by advocating for the creation of a unique health identifier for individuals. The first step in achieving this will be the elimination of section 510 of the Labor, Health and Education Appropriations Bill that will allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the flexibility to work with the private sector to develop an efficient national patient identification strategy.Back to News