March 2013

Document Type


Degree Name



Dept. of Biomedical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology


Oregon Health & Science University


Objective The goal of this project is to provide a comprehensive review of published evidence regarding best practices for the patient identification (PID) process as related to electronic health record (EHR) safety, which entails accurate documentation about who an individual is at all times in a healthcare facility. The PID process is critical in assuring patient safety and data integrity during a visit to a healthcare facility, during subsequent visits within a patients’ current health system, and during visits to disparate systems during his or her lifetime. Methodology & Framework To benefit the reader, the PID process is defined to include patient identification at all points of care that could risk patient safety, or jeopardize the integrity of patient data within the EHR. Medical literature databases such as MEDLINE and Scopus were searched to find relevant articles associated with patient identification and EHR safety, using a combination of keywords and subject headings, an




School of Medicine



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