NextGate Expert to Discuss Patient Matching Innovations and Solutions at Inaugural Health IT Expo

PASADENA, Calif., May 30, 2018 – NextGate, a global leader in healthcare enterprise identification, today announced that its Vice President of Cloud Operations and Delivery, Shahzad Ahmad, will take part in an important panel discussion on patient matching during the inaugural Healthcare IT Expo and Conference (HITExpo) in New Orleans. The session will highlight practical innovations and solutions for maintaining an organizational Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and how organizations can efficiently and effectively overcome critical patient identification challenges to improve care delivery, lower costs, and enhance the patient experience.

Joining Ahmad as a featured speaker on the “EMPI and Patient Matching” panel will be Rachel Podczervinski, Director of Identity Solutions for Just Associates, Inc. and Steve Kotyk, Director of Healthcare Business Development for ARGO Data Resource Corporation. The discussion will take place on May 31 at 1:30 p.m. and will be moderated by prominent health IT thought leader Shahid Shah.

In addition to providing tips for managing patient matching, panelists will focus on the challenges associated with properly maintaining an EMPI, why a national patient identifier is not enough for delivering a longitudinal health record, and how new innovations like cloud computing can help organizations improve the integrity of their data and reduce duplicate patient records.

“I am honored to participate in the first-ever Health IT Expo and guide this important conversation at the conference,” said Ahmad. “Accurately and consistently connecting the right data to the right individual is a critical requirement in today’s interconnected healthcare environment. I look forward to discussing how providers can best utilize their EMPIs to foster reliable data exchange, reduce errors, and deliver a centralized record of care.”

About NextGate

NextGate is the leading provider of identity matching solutions that connect the healthcare ecosystem to help organizations promote interoperability and overcome the clinical, operational and financial challenges that result from duplicate records and siloed systems enabling seamless data exchange, enhanced clinical decision-making and value-driven care. NextGate’s Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) is the healthcare industry’s leading patient identification solution, managing more than 300 million lives worldwide. For more information, visit

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