The Western Health Information Network (WHIN) has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio for a pilot project to test how unique patient identifiers can increase patient control over their clinical information and improve the quality of medical records.
The pilot project will involve issuing personal identifiers using the Voluntary Universal Healthcare Identifier (VUHID) system provided by Global Patient Identifiers, Inc. (GPII).
The grant was awarded to a collaboration between WHIN, an HIE serving Southern California, and GPII, a Tucson‐based non‐profit company focused on a single healthcare identifier solution. The project was officially started in mid‐April and is expected to continue into mid‐2012, by which time WHIN and GPII will determine and quantify the benefits and challenges of unique identifiers among a population of patients in the Los Angeles area.
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