A Unique Identifier Could Protect Patient Privacy



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by Michael D. Greenberg

February 3, 2016

Giving every American a unique patient identifier could reduce errors in retrieving their medical records while improving data sharing and security. A national identifier could also help protect patient privacy, or at least not further erode it. Those are key conclusions from Identity Crisis, a RAND study I coauthored several years ago…

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Michael G. Greenberg is a senior behavioral scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and director of the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance.

This commentary originally appeared on STAT on January 28, 2016. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.