WHIN to Test Effectiveness of Patient IDs for Medical Records

The Western Health Information Network has received a grant for a demonstration project that would test the effectiveness of patient IDs, according to a Healthcare IT News report.

The grant was awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio and will help fund a project that would specifically examine whether patient IDs can boost patient control over their health information and improve the overall quality of their medical records, according to the news report.

The patient IDs will be determined through the Universal Healthcare Identifier system. Albert O. Shar, vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explains it is essential to find a balance between protecting patient privacy as well as accessing their health information in order to improve the quality of healthcare. The pilot project will release benefits and challenges of patient IDs by mid-2012, according to the news report.

Read the news report about patient IDs.

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