Should Every Patient Have a Unique ID Number for All Medical Records? – WSJ.com

Should Every Patient Have a Unique ID Number for All Medical Records? – WSJ.com

 

In order to have an effective Universal Health IDs, close to 100% adoption of EMR solutions need to be implemented.  Lets assume that this has happened.  The remainder of the blog is focused on Universal Health ID. Most people do not want another card to carry or username/number and password to remember. With growing adoption (over 100 million smart phones) of mobile devices, companies like #Square or #PayAnywhere have solution to capture credit card information.  Rather than carrying another card in the pocket why not have a multiple step verification process.  Lets take a scenario that a person is unconscious.  The medical personnel will take any credit card the person has on him and run it thru his mobile device (similar to a airline ticket kiosk), the device will connect with the card issuer and provide some demographic information (name, address, SSN, where the card was used last and phone number), the system will then contact the DMV and display the persons picture and other information.  It will also call the persons mobile phone numbers and see if the person is caring the phone. Once the person is identified it will connect with multiple EMR systems to collect medical data and provide it to the medical person.  This is Universal Health ID without having to carry or remember one.

Should Every Patient Have a Unique ID Number for All Medical Records? – WSJ.com.

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