White Paper Explores Promising Innovations in Patient Identification

NextGate details 4 market trends in automated patient matching

PASADENA, Calif., May 13, 2019 – NextGate, the global leader in healthcare enterprise identification, today released a new white paper that explores promising advances in patient record matching. The white paper entitled, “4 Innovations in Patient Identification” was developed to help evolving healthcare enterprises understand how emerging technologies can complement identity management efforts.

Massive changes in healthcare delivery are driving the need to introduce new innovations in correctly and consistently linking the right data to the right individual. As organizations transition to value-based care, the need for a single, accurate view of each patient becomes increasingly critical for greater clinical, operational and financial performance. With a $6 billion annual price tag, patient misidentification is not only enormously costly, but a significant impediment to interoperability and patient safety.

The white paper identifies four key areas— location intelligence, referential matching, machine learning and consumer smartphones—as the most promising technologies for diminishing duplicate records and extending one’s enterprise master patient index (EMPI) platform. Specifically:

  • Location intelligence to standardize and verify address information in real-time using the preferred United States Postal Service (USPS) format.
  • Third-party reference data, including public record and credit bureau information, to verify the identity of an individual.
  • Machine learning to detect common manual data remediation sequences and behaviors.
  • Consumer engagement and smartphones to allow individuals to play an active role in managing and updating their patient demographic information.

“Healthcare delivery networks now live in a state of rapid data proliferation, riddled with errors and inconsistencies and the inability to interoperate,” said Andy Aroditis, CEO of NextGate. “To thrive and remain competitive, organizations must reconsider reliance on EHR systems not designed to manage identity. Pressing issues with significant consequence to patients and providers— such medical errors, unnecessary or duplicate services, denied claims, and administrative waste—can all benefit from enterprise-grade tools, augmented by one or more of these approaches.”

A complimentary copy of the white paper is available for download, here.

About NextGate
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 www.nextgate.com.

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