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Table 1 Critical Tasks for RHIOs

From: Sustainable health information exchanges: the role of institutional factors

Task Description Why needed
Identifying who’s who Sifting through different medical record numbers used by different medical providers and health systems to determine what records belong to a patient. Resistance to using a unique universal identifier.
Melding disparate records into a coherent picture Combine medical records for a particular patient across disparate providers and present an intelligible picture for the clinician. Health providers over spectrum of community and hospital are fragmented without a common medical record and without common data standards.