For the last several weeks, I have been working on a special assignment that could literally mean the difference between life and death.
I wanted you to be aware of it because the situation is only going to get worse if someone doesn’t do something right away.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently admitted that last year seven out of 100 electronic medical records were matched to the wrong patient. That may not sound like a huge number to you, unless, of course, you are the one who is counting on the doctor to make the correct life-saving decision. It’s very possible that the doctor is making choices on someone else’s medical information.
My client, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the healthcare industry’s leading professional organization for chief information officers and senior IT executives, is designing a challenge for tech innovators throughout the United States, to help correct these potentially fatal mistakes.
This may sound crazy but CHIME said, “The federal government is prohibited from creating a national patient identification system that would ensure that patients are accurately matched to their records. As we continue to digitize the healthcare system though, this problem can’t be allowed to persist.”
CHIME is raising $1.5 million to fund the National Patient ID Challenge. Our job is to spread the word. Any ideas?