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Integrating Electronic Health Records Using Universal Patient Identifiers KSA

Date Added: Nov 2011
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One of the required standards of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) and specially Electronic Health Records (HER) is to develop a Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) to enable physicians, hospitals, and other authorized users to share clinical and administrative records more efficiently. Till now there is no standard format of UPI which is make it hard to exchange the patient information across the countries and to integrate among heterogeneous medical information systems. This paper explores and investigates the desired attributes for any developed UPI such as unique, non-disclosing, invariable, canonical, verifiable, and ubiquitous features.