The toolkit aims to prevent patient misidentification through the use of health information technology.
Patient misidentification is a big and likely underreported problem for hospitals and health systems, as well as for patients.
The consequences can be significant. ECRI Institute research shows that 9% of patient misidentification events lead to temporary or permanent harm or death.
That’s why the ECRI Institute and a stakeholder collaborative it convened, the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, has launched a new patient identification resource to help prevent patient misidentification through the use of health information technology.
ECRI is a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that works to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.
The toolkit divides its recommendations into two sections:
- Attributes addresses “the information-gathering aspects of patient identification, including the fields and the formats that are available to accommodate acquisition of required information.”
- Technology addresses “new technologies to improve identification and ways to leverage existing technologies for safe patient identification.”