Study explores medical record linkage with goal of improving match accuracy

Accurate linking of medical records from different sources, known as patient matching, plays a critical role in patient safety and quality of medical care, but has proven difficult to accomplish. A new study from the Regenstrief Institute is one of the first to evaluate commercially available matching methodologies in comparison to real-world gold standard data with the goal of identifying evidence-based opportunities for improving match accuracy for record linkage.
Accurate linking of medical records from different sources, known as patient matching, plays a critical role in patient safety and quality of medical care, but has proven difficult to accomplish. A new study from the Regenstrief Institute is one of the first to evaluate commercially available matching methodologies in comparison to real-world gold standard data with the goal of identifying evidence-based opportunities for improving match accuracy for record linkage.