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Experts continue calling for universal patient identifier

Patient matching problems have worsened as the ability to exchange health information has expanded, as one error "begins to metastasize and propagates to other systems," said Mark LaRow, CEO of Verato, during an online forum hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. "We're the last developed country that doesn't have a [universal patient identifier], and I think it's now time to make that happen," said Ed Hammond, director of Duke University's Center for Health Informatics, whose son's data has been added to Hammond's record twice.

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