CHIME offers recommendations to Senate HELP committee
In recommendations submitted to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) identified several solutions for improving patient care delivery and supporting the nation’s transition to electronic health records. CHIME, the healthcare industry’s leading professional organization for chief information officers and senior IT executives, made recommendations related to patient identification, quality measurement, standards identification, certification, patient engagement and Meaningful Use.
CHIME pointed to the lack of a consistent patient identity matching strategy as the most significant challenge inhibiting the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, calling for the removal of the prohibition barring federal regulators from identifying standards to improve positive patient identification.
“Foundational to the vision espoused by the Committee to improve information exchange and improve patient care, is the ability of providers to accurately and consistently match patients with their data,” CHIME stated. “With the removal of the outdated prohibition, we believe then that the nation can sincerely engage in a dialogue on finding solutions to solve this fundamental patient safety problem.”