Interesting question and answer regarding standardization of data…

The lack of a commonly-agreed upon patient ID remains a serious headache for healthcare IT. Without such a common patient ID standard, healthcare providers spend considerable time, effort and money aligning various patient IDs in various silos created by healthcare IT vendors, providers, payers and government, and few if any of these silos are talking to each other.
Part of this originates from amendments to HIPAA that forbid the federal government from defining a national patient identifier. Privacy advocates inserted this prohibition and fear that increasing government surveillance makes it imperative that patients not be required to use someone else’s credentials, but should be able to self-assert their identities, so they may use […]