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12:46 May 16, 2005
English to Chinese translations [PRO] Science - Computers: Software
English term or phrase:maps patients’ identities across systems
For example, patient IDs vary widely from institution to institution. Rather than require a common identifier for each patient, the NEHEN system uses a probabilistic service to check a variety of attributes -- name, nicknames (such as Johnny and Jack for John), ZIP code, gender, Social Security number, insurer, and physician -- and then maps patients’ identities across systems. In the event that a new identifier class, such as employer ID, is used in identifying patients, the service can easily be modified to account for that, Halamka says. None of the other systems is affected or even aware of the change to the middleware, although system owners can decide whether they want their systems to use this new identifier class.