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Study: Data standardization improves patient matching

Standardizing address information and last names could help to link patient health records by as much as 8 percent in the United States.

Such relatively simple standardization efforts could result in more than 2 billion additional records matched to patients, research suggests.

That’s the finding of a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, from researchers at the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IU–Purdue University Indianapolis, IU School of Medicine and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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