NextGate Extends Patient Identification Accuracy with Release of AUGMENT
New solution further reduces hospital’s most elusive duplicates through geocoding, third-party data and patient enablement
PASADENA, Calif., February 12, 2019 – NextGate, the global leader in healthcare enterprise identification, announced today the release of AUGMENT, a unique cloud-based solution that combines the power of geocoding, third-party data and mobile application enablement to further reduce medical record duplication.
A unified patient matching solution unlike any other in the market, AUGMENT helps providers take full advantage of emerging data streams to elevate automated record matching and alleviate burdens on data stewards and HIM professionals. Offered as an extension of NextGate’s market-leading Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI), AUGMENT extends patient identification accuracy, while enhancing workflow automation and optimization, using:
- Location intelligence to standardize and geocode address information in real-time. When combined with other demographics for patient matching, this feature ensures address information is consistently formatted to avoid duplicate record creation and data errors at the point of entry.
- Third-party data, including public record and credit bureau information, to verify the identity of an individual in real-time. This helps organizations build a more complete summary of each patient by correlating demographic elements that have changed over time, such as previous address and phone information.
- Mobile application enablement to streamline registration and allow patients to play an active role in managing and updating their health record using their own smartphone device, thereby improving patient matching efforts at key stages where data errors often occur; during enrollment and at registration.
Duplicate records cost hospitals $1.5 million and the U.S. healthcare system over $6 billion dollars annually. In addition to the negative impact on an organization’s bottom line, patient matching issues contribute to medical errors, administrative waste, poor data quality and low patient satisfaction scores. Drawing from multiple sources, AUGMENT fills a void in the marketplace by providing a cohesive, powerful and cost-effective solution to help providers uniquely identify patients as a strategic, competitive asset for driving clinical and operational efficiencies.
NextGate has drawn on over two decades of identity management experience in healthcare to develop its leading-edge AUGMENT technology as a means to integrate complementary data into its flagship EMPI product from multiple well-defined sources. The new solution delivers even greater value to its customers and further solidify its place in the market as the patient identification leader.
“With the rapid proliferation of data and transition to accountable care, a premium is being placed on integrated solutions that consistently link the right data with the right individual for accurate patient identification throughout the continuum,” said Andy Aroditis, CEO of NextGate. “We are taking the lead with the introduction of AUGMENT to get organizations that much closer to 100 percent automated patient matching accuracy to reduce the risk of preventable medical errors and drive out needless inefficiencies and costs.”
NextGate will be showcasing AUGMENT along with its other suite of patient identification and provider data management solutions during this week’s annual HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition. Join NextGate at HIMSS19, booth 926, in Orlando, from February 12-14, or schedule a meeting today to learn more.
With over 200 customers in four countries, NextGate is the global leader in healthcare enterprise identification. Committed to helping organizations overcome the clinical, operational and financial challenges that result from duplicate records and disparate data, our full suite of identity matching solutions connects the entire healthcare ecosystem to drive critical improvements in quality, efficiency and safety. NextGate’s market-leading EMPI currently manages 300 million lives and is deployed by the nation’s most successful healthcare systems and health information exchanges. For more information, visit NextGate.com.
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