Session ID: 

Advancing Patient Matching to Promote Interoperability

10:30am - 11:30am Tuesday, February 12
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


The transition from paper to digital health records has transformed care delivery, yet challenges persist with accurately and consistently linking records for the same individual held in different locations—known as patient matching. This session will highlight new research and novel approaches to addressing this critical interoperability barrier so patients and providers have access to current and complete data when and where needed. The session will highlight findings from focus groups with patients on biometrics, interviews with hospital leaders and other groundbreaking research. Session attendees are encouraged to share reactions and insights on ways to advance patient matching, including a nationwide strategy.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Differentiate between the various ways hospitals currently match patients and why the current state is insufficient
  • Describe a shared vision for a coordinated nationwide strategy to advance matching based on recently published work from multiple groups and perspectives
  • Assess research findings from focus groups with patients, interviews with providers, and others on alternatives to improve matching that include the use of unique identifiers, biometrics, patient involvement, data standardization and using third party data
  • Identify recommendations based on research findings for advancing matching in the near-term and long-term to make nationwide progress


Project Director, Health Information Technology,
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Officer, Health Information Technology,
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Chief Quality, Chief Clin Transformation Officer
Government or Public Policy Professional