Patient Photo Identification

Patient photos help us identify you during your clinic visit, hospital stay and emergency department visits


Properly identifying patients is the first step in safety at UW Health. Proper identification prevents privacy violations, billing errors, insurance fraud, identity theft and errors in patient care.


Starting summer 2016, UW Health will be taking patient photographs of patients at all our hospital, emergency departments and clinic locations. The photo will be safely stored in your file to identify you on your next visit. We’ll only need to take your picture once every five years for adults and every year for minors under 18.


Please be sure to bring a form of photo identification on your next visit to any of our hospital, emergency department or clinic locations to help us enroll you in our patient photo program. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current driver's license
  • Government-issued identification card
  • Tribal identification card
  • United States uniformed service identification card
  • International Travel Passport
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Employment card
  • Student identification card

While it is highly recommended to have a photo in your chart, you will not be denied care if you don't have an accepted ID or do not wish to have your photo taken.


More information about Patient Photo Identification (pdf)