MATCH - Medication Reconciliation Toolkit

Northwestern Memorial Hospital developed a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team effort to prospectively evaluate the extent of adverse events and develop interventions to improve patient safety and quality of care.

This toolkit has been recently updated to bring the latest information to you, and may be accessed in .pdf format at:

What is MATCH?

Patient Safety, led by Gary Noskin, MD, Medical Director of Healthcare Epidemiology and Quality, and Cindy Barnard, Director of Quality Strategies, focused on the prevalence and impact of adverse events, medication safety, medication reconciliation and the implementation of the electronic medical record.

Over the past several years, Northwestern Memorial Hospital has addressed medication reconciliation for inpatient and outpatient practice settings as well as within a paper-based and electronic medical record system.

Through the support of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Grant No. 5 U18 HS015886) and collaboration between Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and The Joint Commission, our medication reconciliation initiative, MATCH, was developed.

The MATCH team included:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Health services researchers
  • Experts in quality and patient safety

This toolkit was a culmination of our experiences as well as collaborations with other organizations and individuals locally, regionally and nationally. This toolkit is designed to help you:

The goal of the MATCH initiative was to measurably decrease the number of discrepant medication orders and the associated potential and actual patient harm.

This toolkit was designed to assist all types of organizations, whether you care for inpatients or outpatients or utilize an electronic medical record, a paper-based system or both. Some organizations may need to address medication reconciliation across their entire facility while others only need to focus on a specific element (i.e., auditing) or practice setting (i.e. ambulatory surgery unit).

Regardless of where you are currently, we recommend looking through the entire website – you may find some new information that could be useful to your organization.


We acknowledge the support of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (grant No. 5 U18 HS015886). The authors of this report are responsible for its content. Statements in this report are those of the authors and do not reflect the official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The authors do not have any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests to report. This document is in the public domain and may be used without permission.