- HIMSS 2013 Recap
EMR / EHR Integration
To ensure your EMR/EHR project is well adopted, it must contain accurate and easily findable patient data.
Meaningful interoperability is not possible if you can’t accurately identify and link a patient’s multiple records: local and enterprise, clinical and financial. With the push to implement EMRs and EHRs, and integrate them with physician practices and other systems, the importance of patient identity management intensifies. In fact, accurate patient identification technologies and procedures are now more critical than ever.
Duplicate, overlapping, inaccurate, and incorrectly linked patient data is a perennial, costly problem that taints the desired benefits of EMR and EHR implementations. No matter how detailed, frequent, or expansive the efforts are to maintain data quality and “clean up” patient records, the sheer number of data entry points (especially in a multi-system network, like an HIE) and the spectrum of technology capabilities perpetuate the opportunity to create errors. The next entry could spoil the work.
An Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) can alleviate the problem. The EMPI uses advanced algorithms to identify similar electronic patient records from clinical and administrative systems, and links them together under an enterprise-wide unique identifier (EUID). This EUID is the key to efficient and accurate exchange of healthcare data, within the four walls of a hospital or across a delivery network like an HIE or ACO.
The EMPI is a critical and powerful tool in the management and exchange of health information. Honed by decades of user experience, the NextGate EMPI and its mature implementation process offer the sophisticated capabilities and analysis needed to properly manage patient identities and identification issues.
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