1. Types of Unique Patient Identifiers

Intended Audience: Newcomers to Pharmacy Informatics

Last time we talked about the perfect/ideal unique patient identifier. Today, we go over some of the examples of the identifiers that are currently in use:

  • Social Security Number
  • Biometric Identifiers
  • Voluntary Universal Healthcare Identifier

Since these still have problems that are discussed in this episode, how do we mitigate the problems when we can’t get a perfect identifier? The answer would be in next week’s episode of Pharmacy, IT, & Me.


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