Identity Crisis: An Examination of the Costs and Benefits of a Unique Patient Identifier for the US Health Care System.

Hillestad R; Bigelow JH; Chaudhry B; Dreyer P; Greenberg MD; Meili RC; Ridgely MS; Rothenberg J; Taylor R.

This monograph reports on the concept of creating a unique patient identifier system and addresses potential privacy, error, and cost issues.