Here is something interesting:
- The leaders of nearly two dozen healthcare industry organizations want Congress to continue to push for lifting an 18-year-old ban that prevents HHS from developing a national patient identifier.
- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, payers such as America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, providers Intermountain Healthcare and the Nemours Children’s.
- The letter asks the committee to “develop a coordinated national strategy that will promote patient safety by accurately identifying patients to their health information.”
Now why do you think they want these “patient identifiers”? Hmmm. Oh, yeah, patient safety (I’m trying not to laugh as I type this).
I am sure it has nothing to do with squeezing the consumer some more or selling that data, right?