In the absence of a national patient-identification strategy, an important way to improve patient matching is through the development and widespread adoption of standards for data elements. In July, AHIMA unveiled our updated Naming Policy Framework—an expanded demographic data-element framework that provides everything you need to know about matching persons in HI technology.

The new policy features best practices to improve standardization and operational procedures and is designed to evolve over time to keep pace with the rapidly changing healthcare ecosystem. To learn more about how HI professionals can assume a leadership role to improve patient matching in your organization, read this members-only Journal of AHIMA article.