healtheConnect Alaska Renews Contract with NextGate for Next-Generation Patient Identification and Statewide Data Exchange

HIE network will continue to leverage NextGate’s market-leading EMPI solution on AWS to improve patient identification and enhance care collaboration throughout Alaska

PASADENA, Calif., June 23, 2021 – NextGate, the global leader in healthcare enterprise identification, today announced renewal of its contract with healtheConnect Alaska, a leading health information exchange (HIE), to accurately identify, match and integrate health records across the state for population health and coordinated care improvements.

“healtheConnect Alaska is delighted to renew our contract with NextGate to continue to modernize and enhance our HIE services to influence care quality, the provider experience, and ultimately, health outcomes throughout our communities,” said Bill Pearch, CIO of healtheConnect Alaska. “Effective coordination between providers hinges on the ability to view accurate patient data from across the network. NextGate’s EMPI plays a significant role in our transformational journey toward improved care collaboration, workflow efficiency, and a comprehensive view of patients.”

healtheConnect Alaska currently enables electronic medical records exchange and direct secure messaging services for more than 500 participants statewide, including AARP Alaska, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Providence Health System, and the State of Alaska’s Department of Health & Social Services.

As a strategic component for statewide data exchange and collaborative care, NextGate’s cloud-based EMPI solution on Amazon Web Services (AWS) enables real-time interoperability and medical record matching across more than 20 hospitals and 450 healthcare organizations within the healtheConnect Alaska network. The partnership with NextGate further strengthens the HIE’s ability to execute downstream projects including bi-directional data exchange with the Veteran’s Administration and integration of behavioral and social determinants of health (SDOH) data.

“We continue to value the impact of NextGate’s scalable patient identification technology to optimize high-quality data for enhanced care quality and outcomes for our patients, providers and communities,” said Laura Young, Executive Director of healtheConnect Alaska. “We are delighted to extend our partnership and leverage NextGate’s innovative capabilities and expertise for critical health improvements across the state.”

Through NextGate’s EMPI, healtheConnect Alaska will empower participating physicians and hospitals with a longitudinal patient record at the point of care for improved clinical decision making and enhanced operational and administrative efficiencies.

“We are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with healtheConnect Alaska,” said Andy Aroditis, CEO of NextGate. “Our robust EMPI and digital identity solutions, combined with our experienced and dedicated team, continues to make NextGate the partner of choice for leading state and regional HIEs.”


About healtheConnect Alaska

healtheConnect Alaska (formerly Alaska ehealth Network) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established by Alaska statute, and organized and managed by Alaskans. healtheconnect Alaska has been tasked by the State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services to provide safe, secure transport for health information in order to improve quality and safety of patient care and increase efficiencies for hospitals and medical practices. healtheconnect Alaska provides health information exchange and direct secure messaging services to more than 20 hospitals and 450 healthcare organizations across Alaska. Benefits to these organizations include: confidential and timely access to patient’s medical history no matter where a patient receives care; rapid medical record search for historical patient data, augmenting diagnosis and treatment; public health reporting assistance to meet meaningful use requirements; reduced interface costs due to a single entry point; referrals and referral documents transmitted automatically; and notifications of selected events including admission, discharge, and abnormal lab results. For more information, visit

About NextGate

With over 250 customers in nine countries, NextGate is the global leader in patient identification and identity resolution in healthcare. Committed to helping organizations overcome the clinical, operational and financial challenges that result from duplicate and disparate data, our full suite of identity matching solutions connect the entire healthcare ecosystem to drive critical improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency. NextGate’s market-leading, HITRUST-certified Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) currently manages more than 350 million lives and is deployed by the world’s most successful healthcare systems, government agencies, and health information exchanges. For more information, visit

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