Patient identification is a great challenge for any healthcare service provider as inaccurate patient identification causes 35% of all denied claims valued at $5 million each year, and identity theft also causes US hospitals to lose $3 million each year. On the other hand, due to medical errors from identity mix-ups, over 1000 deaths take place every day in the US. To overcome this situation hospitals are using a secondary identifier against the patients’ information but medical data theft has become another severe issue hospitals and clinics are experiencing. As a consequence, throughout the healthcare industry, an accurate and secure patient identification system is a must-have technology today.
Alternatives and Impact of Patient Identification
The use of an automated patient identification system helps to reduce the patient mix-up and data theft risk. But the question is about the accuracy of the process. In this article, we explain the different alternatives of patient identification and their impacts:
Identification using Barcode
Patient identification using a barcode is a common practice for any hospital. Where the details of the patient are recorded in an EMR system, and a barcode printed bracelet is used to identify the patient.
This process can identify the right patient against identification or barcode number. But if multiple bracelets are printed at a time and the patients have any common field of first or last name again, it will mix-up the patients. If you consider the data theft, you only need the barcode or patient identification number to get the details with a few clicks.