Matching patients to their health records and healthcare providers has new importance as nations acquire electronic health records (EHRs) and define strategies for enhancing healthcare delivery. Silos of data is being broken down and integrated health systems built to improve access to care and patient safety, while minimizing redundancy and striving for cost-effectiveness. Ensuring data integrity and protecting the privacy of health records are fundamental to the success of these programs.

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About the Author

Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA, is Vice-President and Healthcare Industry Ambassador at Initiate Systems. She is responsible for customer relationships and identifying industry trends and market requirements. Fernandes is a frequent conference speaker and works with healthcare leaderships organizations to address patient and provider identification and data exchange issues.