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Approaches and Challenges to Electronically Matching Patients' Records Across Providers.

United States Government Accountability Office; GAO.

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March 6, 2019
United States Government Accountability Office; GAO.

Record matching problems can have serious clinical impacts on patients. This report explores how to optimize demographic data integrity to improve patient record matching, as identifying information is increasingly integrated into shared record keeping systems. The investigation determined strategies to improve matching such as implementing standard data formats and disseminating best practices.