Why You Need the UPI
- Accurately and consistently identify patients, eliminating the potential for accidental (misspellings and key stroke errors) or deliberate (fraud) errors in patient records.
- Prevent duplicate and overlap medical records by ensuring that multiple patient identifiers and records are not assigned to the same patient.
- Prevent record overlays by ensuring that the same patient identifier (and therefore medical record) is not attributed to multiple patients.
- Ensure correct patient matching within an institution and across nationwide exchange.
- Enhance the patient experience through faster, simpler, and more reliable and secure registration. Patients are easily confirmed at all points of care such as pharmacies, labs, etc.
- Provide anonymity to the patient and their personal health record by de-identifying patient data, which neutralizes the data and protects it from unauthorized access during electronic record exchange.
- Provide interoperability among disparate health information and EHR systems through a standardized patient identification and matching process.
- Ensure the consistent, private and secure exchange of patient information within and across different settings of care.
Revenue Cycle Management
- Enable a self-editing Master Patient Index and Enterprise Master Patient Index, thus avoiding the costs of record cleanup.
- Reduce operating costs by significantly improving the accuracy of insurance claims submissions and putting in place tools that assist in lowering bad debt expense.
- Substantially lower the costs resulting from duplicates, overlays and record overlaps.