Term: Identity Management

Description: Identity management is the ability to authenticate links between people and their records, and it typically involves simple chores such as password management.

sometimes referred to as identity management systems, involves the management of the identity life cycle of entities (subjects or objects) during which the system:
  1. Establishes the identity
    1. Links a name (or number) with the subject or object;
    2. Re-establishes the identity (i.e. links a new or additional name, or number, with the subject or object);
  2. Describes the identity:
    1. Optionally assigns one or more attributes applicable to the particular subject or object to the identity;
    2. Re-describes the identity (i.e. changes one or more attributes applicable to the particular subject or object);
  3. Destroys the identity

The National Alliance for Health Information Technology is calling for a national system of unique patient identification numbers to which patients would voluntarily subscribe.

The system would be more secure, accurate and reliable than the prevailing practice of using information such as name, address and birth date to match patients with their medical records in distributed networks, alliance officials said.

“Outside of carefully controlled pilots, accuracy for the current process is roughly 90 percent, based on our collective experience and industry estimates,”

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State RHIO Consensus Project
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