Hospitals urged to use patient e-health numbers

The advice comes in the wake of a report not yet released by the federal health department, which it is understood outlines significant problems regarding patient identity within existing hospital record systems.

The report by IBM, which was commissioned to determine the usefulness of patient demographic data within various hospital data systems, showed that historical data – dated more than one year old – was often inaccurate and led to patients being misidentified.

NEHTA’s national clinical lead Dr Mukesh Haikerwal said the report’s

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