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ONC Posts Patient-data Matching Best Practices Framework

Healthcare IT News writes: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published the Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework of best practices for data management processes that enable hospitals to more effectively match patient records. Developed in conjunction with Pittsburgh-based CMMI Institute and the Department of Health and Human Services, the tool arrives after CHIME announced in November it would abandon its two-year effort to resolve this issue with its National Patient ID Challenge. The framework consists of five categories: Data governance, data quality, data operations, platforms and standards, and supporting processes. Hospitals can start by evaluating their own organization across those categories.

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