The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced last week that after nearly two years of work and a great deal of deliberation, CHIME Healthcare Innovation Trust has decided to suspend the National Patient ID Challenge.

    CHIME remains committed, however, to finding a national solution that accurately identifies a patient 100 percent of the time, and will continue to make it a top priority.

    “We firmly believe that accurate patient identification is fundamental to patient care today and that innovation will lead to better, more affordable, more accessible and more equitable care,” said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME. “Though we’ve made great progress and moved the industry forward in many ways through the Challenge, we ultimately did not achieve the results we sought to this complex problem. We decided the best course for addressing this patient safety hazard is to redirect our attention and resources to another strategy.” [Read more]

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