A National Patient Identifier Would Be Totally Awesome!

Fun Fact:  Did you know that congress actually has a gag order preventing Health and Human Services(HHS) from even discussing the idea of a national health identifier?  Well fear no more... word on the street is that this might finally change.

America's multi-payer system is already complex enough. We also have to contend with a lack of a national health identifier?  Certainly national health identifiers have issues, but it is still a monumental step in the right direction.  While a national patient identifier will not fully solve the patient linking and matching problem, it will go quite a long way in improving the status quo.  I've spent way too much time thinking about how such an identifier should be constructed and issued.  Here are some main points:

  • It should be numeric so it is easy to enter via a number pad/telephone.
  • It should, in-part, be defined by the end user.  For example the first 10 digits could be someone's phone number
  • It should contain a check digit similar to credit card numbers and national provider identifiers (NPIs)
To this end, here is a short proposal on such an identifier.  While I think it should be recognized by the federal government, perhaps we should find a way to have it issued in a decentralized way.  Below is a link to a technical proposal entitled Universal Health Identifier (UHI):



  1. You have given essential data for us. It is excellent and good for everyone. Keep posting always. I am very thankful to you. CBD edibles

  2. The information in the post you posted here is useful because it contains some of the best information available. Thanks for sharing it. Keep up the good work oxygen cylinder on rent in delhi.

  3. Therefore exceptions can be there for complicated features design. The bend radius throughout the sheet metallic half is kept fixed. It has the advantage of using the same sheet metallic bending device precision machining throughout manufacturing.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Conveying Identity and Authenticator Assurance Levels in OpenID Connect and Beyond in Healthcare