patient identifier


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patient identifier

Any alphanumeric code used to uniquely identify a patient within a health register or a health records system.

Examples
Hospital patient identifier, departmental patient identifier, NHS number, Hospital Patient Identifier (HPI).
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The absence of a universal patient identifier is a serious patient safety issue--and a business issue for every care provider.
ECRI noted that patient identification errors can be avoided "through improving usability of physical, electronic, and assigned patient identifiers; use of well-designed identification alerts during order entry; and technologies and automated algorithms that function as systems-level safety checks."
No master patient identifier Combinations of patient last name, available first name, and date of birth used as an identifier (Figure 3).
Internal data linkage algorithms that are deterministic use a set of rules for deciding whether two or more pairs of records should be deemed a match or nonmatch, according to patient identifiers (Christen 2012).
A patient identifier was used to link the Patient Administration System with the Laboratory Information System.
Personally, I would welcome a unique patient identifier meant to ensure the safety of the drugs I take--because right now there isn't much that stands between drug safety and disaster.
* All patient identifier information has been changed to ensure confidentiality.
Utilizing near infrared light to map an image of the blood- flow pattern through the veins in a person's palm, the digital palm image is converted into a unique patient identifier that interfaces with the medical center's electronic health record system.
Patient samples collected at the bedside get a unique patient identifier and are then managed individually in the lab.
The physician uses the unique Seha patient identifier to view medical records, tests, recommendations and previous medical history.
Through the newly introduced SEHA patient identifier system, the medical staff at SKMC was able to access the Emirati patient's medical record, reviewed laboratory tests, his current clinical status and real time review of all nursing, medical and paramedical documentation and the treatment made by the Al Rahba medical team.
In addition to using less space on labels, the higher-density 2-dimensional codes have much lower error rates than linear bar codes, owing to more rigorous error checking, higher tolerances for printer malfunctions, and the ability to embed more than 1 patient identifier in the same code.

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