healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching.

Problems with patient EHR matching have long since been a source of frustration for healthcare organizations, HIEs, and regulatory bodies.

Organizations including CHIME and ONC have made efforts to spur improvements in patient EHR matching over the years through innovation challenges centered on motivating health IT developers to create new, more accurate patient matching algorithms.

These efforts have so far yielded mixed results. While health IT developers have fallen short of delivering a patient matching tool that identifies patients with 100 percent accuracy, existing tools and algorithms have improved in recent years. …..more