$21 Million for “Patient Lookup System” in COVID-19 Supplemental

I think we’re all interested to see what kind of funding is going to be made available in the COVID-19 spending package that is happening. Tom Leary, VP Government Relations at HIMSS offered his suggestions on what COVID-19 healthcare funding might happen in our interview with him, but Ben Moscovitch, Project Director, Health Information Technology at The Pew Charitable Trusts has shared a possible $21 million in funding for a “Patient Lookup System” that could be included in a COVID-19 Supplemental:

Genevieve Morris, a former ONC official who is currently running for congress in Maryland offered these added insights to the funding:

Many responded to this as pushing towards a national patient identifier. While this won’t lead to a national patient identifier and a national patient identifier would be impossible to implement in time to help with COVID-19, Ben Moscovitch aptly points out that “We need to enhance the use of demographic data (eg more of it and standards).” We can definitely see this crisis highlighting the issues with patient identification in healthcare.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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