Gartner Research

Prepare for the National Patient Identifier Debate

Published: 24 February 2016

ID: G00293848

Analyst(s): Barry Runyon


A unique healthcare identifier was part of the original HIPAA legislation passed in 1996, but due to concerns about privacy, security and cost, its funding was outlawed. The concept remains viable and controversial. HDO CIOs should use this research to inform their thinking as the issue resurfaces.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is a Patient Identifier?
  • Arguments for an NPID
  • Arguments Against an NPID
  • Winner and Losers
  • Why Now?
  • Conclusion

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