re: National Patient ID System: Debate Stoked
I for one simply don't see any need for a uniform national patient identifier system run directly by HHS itself, despite the accelerating adoption of electronic health records and continued involvement of government in healthcare. Individuals should own their own health identification. The government should be, if anything, a consumer of these identifiers, and perhaps a regulating entity, not a holder and manager. There's no reason that many of the principles underlying the public-private National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace should not carry over into the healthcare space.