Should Every Patient Have a Unique ID Number For All Medical Records?
A conversation about “universal patient identifiers,” or UPIs. As the U.S. invests billions of dollars to convert from paper-to-electronic medical records, has the time come to offer everyone a unique health-care identification number? Critics say privacy would suffer. But supporters say care would improve. We’ll dig into all of that.
Michael Collins, chancellor or UMass Medical School in Worcester. Penned an opinion piece in this week’s Wall Street Journal advocating for UPIs
Should Every Patient Have a Unique ID Number for All Medical Records? (Wall Street Journal, 1/23/12)