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Can New Jersey’s Master Person Index Prevent Hospital Errors?

A blog we posted earlier this week discussed how medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans per year. Patient misidentification is one reason medical errors occur. When patients with similar or identical names are mixed up, they can receive the wrong diagnosis or medications. The health outcomes for these patients can be fatal or life-altering. However, New Jersey is rolling out a program that will attempt to reduce the number of these errors in our state. The New Jersey Innovation Institute is working to create a Master Person Index that will gather health records of every person in the state. Patient records will be gathered from and shared between hospitals, medical clinics, urgent care facilities, doctor’s offices and pharmacies. Records from the New Jersey Department of Health will also be included in the database to ensure…
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