The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has created a framework on its site to help providers and payers improve collection of patient demographic data.
The tool, called the Patient Demographic Data Quality, or PDDQ, framework, offers best practices in 19 data-management areas focused on ways to evaluate the strength of an organization's current patient demographic data and ways to improve it.
A vast majority of medical errors occur because of poor patient information data. About 86% of clinicians know of a medical error caused by patient misidentification, according to a 2016 survey from the Ponemon Institute of 503 clinicians.
"Patients and practitioners alike need to have the assurance that medical errors do not occur due to improperly recorded data," said Kirk Botula, CEO of the CMMI Institute, a performance improvement company. The ONC worked with the CMMI Institute to develop the framework.