NextGate Adds Facial Recognition to Patient Identity Management Platform

Practical Technology Increases Patient Safety and Decreases Duplicate Records

PASADENA, Calif. – September 1, 2016 – NextGate, the leading healthcare technology company for patient and provider identity management, today announced the addition of a vendor neutral biometrics solution to improve the accuracy of identifying individuals and linking them to their medical records. By adding facial recognition technology to the powerful NextGate MatchMetrix® platform, organizations have additional mechanisms to search for and identify patients, therefore improving the speed and accuracy of matching duplicate records, decreasing fraud and improving patient safety.

Biometrics capture unique physical characteristics of a person. Built on a neural network, NextGate’s facial recognition solution is trained to recognize important compositional features and then convert that information into a score. The score is incorporated into NextGate’s #1 KLAS rated Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) as an additional measure to be weighed and calculated during patient identification, providing an even more precise link between a patient and their medical records.

“Biometrics extend the reach of patient identification, giving organizations more flexibility, accuracy, and confidence when locating, aggregating, and sharing patient records,” says Dan Cidon, Chief Technology Officer, NextGate. “The low cost yet sophisticated technology can be deployed in various environments, from self-service kiosks to the Emergency Room, enabling rapid identification of patients and access to their clinical information across the enterprise.”

Facial recognition was chosen for this biometric solution because of its low cost, vendor neutrality, and ease of adoption for the user. As compared to other biometric solutions that require special equipment or training, NextGate’s approach can use basic digital cameras or scanned photos, such as a driver’s license, and can even process images from an existing database.

About NextGate

NextGate helps connect the healthcare ecosystem by accurately identifying and linking patient and provider data from different applications. NextGate’s iDAS (Intelligent Data Aggregation Server) solution framework leverages the company’s industry-leading identity management technology to organize and relate data from enterprise systems to provide a more complete and accurate view of the total healthcare experience.

At the core of this architecture is NextGate’s KLAS Category Leader EMPI technology which currently manages more than 175 million lives. It is deployed by successful healthcare systems and health information exchanges around the globe. For more information, visit


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