CHIME To Launch $1M National Patient ID System Challenge

March 18, 2015 in News

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives this week announced a new $1 million challenge to help create a national patient identification system, MedCity News reports (Verel, MedCity News, 3/17).

Challenge Details

The CHIME National Patient ID Challenge is seeking health IT innovators and designers to develop a universal way to accurately match patients with their health data (Gruessner, EHR Intelligence, 3/18).

The contest will launch this summer on the HeroX prize platform and the winner will receive a $1 million prize.

CHIME has assembled a task force to identify challenge guidelines and determine the criteria for winning (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 3/17).

Several vendors and health IT industry stakeholders have expressed their support for the challenge, including:

  • The American Health Information Management Association;
  • Cerner;
  • Health IT Now; and
  • MEDITECH (EHR Intelligence, 3/18).


CHIME CEO and President Russell Branzell said, “There is a growing consensus among payers and providers that a unique patient ID would radically reduce medical errors and save lives.”

Meanwhile, MEDITECH President and CEO Howard Messing said, “Accurately matching patients with their health records, no matter where they have been collected or stored, remains a pressing challenge for our entire industry.”

In addition, Cerner President Zane Burke said, “Accurate patient identification is essential to true interoperability and maximizes the ability for health IT to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient” (Clinical Innovation Technology, 3/17).

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