Patient Matching to Combat COVID-19

Pandemic has highlighted the critical need of patient matching for testing, contact tracing, and vaccine distribution

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted underlying challenges in data matching and patient identity and, in many cases, slowed public health efforts to respond to and contain the spread of the virus.

Verato and eHI conducted a survey to assess industry views and opinions on the importance of data matching and patient identity in the response to COVID-19. This webinar analyzes our findings with detailed discussion and perspectives from David Kates, Chief Technical Officer of Manifest Medix and W. Ed Hammond, PhD, Director of the Duke Center for Health Informatics.

Key take-aways include:

  • Challenges around patient matching are numerous, but especially stark for public health
  • Public health and providers perceived as “responsible party” for patient matching
  • Minimal expectations in the short term from policymakers