Technology Solutions to Patient Misidentification: Report of Review
This project investigates the current use and potential benefits of technological solutions to patient misidentification in the Australian healthcare setting and its application to safety and quality to the Commission.
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The project focussed on technologies which are specifically applicable to an inpatient hospital environment but which could be applied to an outpatient and community environment. The focus of the study was directed at technologies aimed at ensuring a consistent identification of an individual throughout the patient journey, as against absolute identification of specific persons. While a range of sophisticated, if relatively expensive technologies are becoming available for identifying individuals, the review concentrated on readily available and relatively cost effective technology.