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NextGate Unveils New Cloud Offering for Positive Patient Identification

NextGate announces availability of its EMPI as a Service to help providers quickly and accurately match patient data and deliver a longitudinal record at the point of care

PASADENA, Calif., September 28, 2017 – NextGate, a global leader in patient and provider identification, today unveiled a new cloud innovation for its market-leading Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) solution. NextGate’s cloud-enabled EMPI on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offered on a subscription basis and can be deployed rapidly, helping healthcare organizations simplify patient record management with greater cost efficiency.  Easy integration in a SaaS model ensures the right data, for the right patient, is available at the right time for improved care delivery and clinical decision-making.

NextGate’s latest identity management offering is designed specifically for healthcare’s unique data and workflow requirements and is the only fully-featured EMPI available as a Service. The cloud-based EMPI gives organizations the affordability and flexibility to manage the volume, velocity, and variety of patient data, in a highly secure and compliant IT environment. NextGate’s comprehensive cloud EMPI can integrate with third-party data enriched sources to clean and augment information as it arrives in the cloud.

“Healthcare leaders are under immense pressure to modernize their IT environments to remain competitive in today’s evolving landscape. To help organizations keep pace, NextGate’s cloud offering is providing the managed services needed to improve the accuracy, quality, and consistency of their patient data, while offloading the time-consuming tasks of managing day-to-day IT operations,” said Andy Aroditis, CEO of NextGate. “Our EMPI as a Service not only helps organizations harness the benefits of the cloud but also reduces operational costs and errors resulting from duplicate patient records.”

Involved in building patient matching solutions for over two decades, NextGate algorithms in the EMPI reconcile and de-duplicate medical records spread over disparate systems and applications to give providers a longitudinal view of patients at the point of care. Additionally, the EMPI assigns each individual a unique patient identifier that serves as cross-reference for accurate exchange of information across the continuum.

Key features of the NextGate EMPI Cloud include:

  • Turnkey platform for automated patient record management across multiple and disparate systems
  • Improved ROI with subscription-based model
  • Rapid route to market with predictable implementation methodology
  • Fully managed, highly available solution for superior reliability and performance to ensure ongoing lifecycle assurance of the EMPI
  • 24×7 security monitoring and end-to-end encryption to keep protected health information (PHI) tightly secure and HIPAA-compliant
  • Standardized deployments with regular upgrades and annual tunings via a fully integrated release management mechanism
  • Records management, de-duplication, consolidation, and cleanup of multiple patient profiles

To further support NextGate’s move to the cloud, the company recently appointed Shahzad Ahmad to its leadership team as Vice President of Cloud Operations and Delivery. Ahmad, who comes to NextGate from Orion Health, will leverage his more than 15 years of experience in outsourced IT operations, cloud platforms delivery, and client engagement roles to oversee expansion of NextGate’s next wave of portfolio offerings to AWS cloud.

“NextGate is dedicated to supporting rising customer expectations for solutions that enable their organizations to be highly efficient and innovative,” said Ahmad. “By bringing the accuracy and efficiency of our globally recognized EMPI, together with the scalability and flexibility of the cloud, healthcare organizations will be well positioned to accelerate their digital transformation journey and provide certainty when accurately identifying and treating patients.”

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. NextGate’s KLAS Category Leader Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) currently manages nearly 250 million lives and is deployed by the nation’s most successful healthcare systems and health information exchanges. For more information, visit NextGate.com.

September 29, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

NextGate Provides Patient and Provider Identity Management for Healthcare Affiliates in North Central Washington

NextGate Provides Patient and Provider Identity Management for Healthcare Affiliates in North Central Washington
Centralized Information Helps Coordinate Care and Improve Billing

MONROVIA, Calif. – Jan 30 – NextGate, a leading provider of Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and Registry solutions, today announced Wenatchee Valley Medical Center (WVMC) and Central Washington Hospital (CWH) have selected NextGate’s EMPI and Provider Registry to simplify patient identification, centralize provider management, and facilitate exchange of clinical and financial data across their shared region, all in support of coordinated and cost-effective healthcare for the residents of North Central Washington.

As the largest multi-specialty medical center and regional hospital in North Central Washington, WVMC and CWH cover a service area encompassing nearly 12,000 square miles, making them one of the nation’s largest rural healthcare delivery systems.  WVMC and CWH are in the process of affiliating to create an integrated healthcare delivery system that includes inpatient and outpatient services.  With the affiliation, and as part of their ongoing effort to build a strong regional health care network that delivers high quality, safe, efficient and cost-effective care for the residents of North Central Washington, it was especially important to have a solution that allows staff and physicians to access patient records stored in two different electronic medical record systems (EMRs).

The NextGate EMPI generates a unique patient identifier for every patient in the enterprise, minimizes confusion from duplicate patient records, and enables clinical and business users to locate and exchange patient data with accuracy and confidence.  The Provider Registry expedites billing, streamlines referrals, and facilitates other provider management processes by aggregating provider information, such as privileges, credentials, and practice locations, into a trusted, central registry.

“Coordinated, collaborative, and cost-effective care depend on instant access to accurate patient and provider information,” said Joe Janda, CIO Wenatchee Valley Medical Center.  “With NextGate’s identity management technology, we anticipated being able to put our shared data to more effective use, reduce costs, improve care and the overall healthcare experience for our patients and care providers.

The industry leading NextGate EMPI and Provider Registry are components of the NextGate Registries for Healthcare platform, a master data management system that identifies, correlates, and aggregates information from disparate systems to create a unified, contextualized view of information across participating entities.

About NextGate
NextGate provides Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and registry solutions that integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance.  www.nextgate.com

February 8, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

PriMed Selects NextGate EMPI to Support Coordination, Quality, and Safety by Ensuring Consistent and Complete Patient Records for Flagship Client

Management Services Organization Brings Together Data of 300,000 Patients from 3,700 Providers Across Multiple Specialties and Locations for Hill Physicians Medical Group

MONROVIA, Calif. — January 8, 2013 — NextGate, a leading provider of Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and registry solutions, today announced that PriMed Management Consulting Services, Inc., the management services organization (MSO) for Hill Physicians Medical Group (HPMG), will implement NextGate’s enterprise master patient index (EMPI) software as the foundation for a broad-based Care Management platform to support Hill Physicians’ 3,700 providers. This solution is designed to link patient records across all phases of the care process, as well as ensure the accuracy and completeness of patient data for one of the nation’s largest physicians groups.

PriMed will use NextGate’s sophisticated registry platform to identify, index, and link patient records from Centricity (IDX), NextGen EHR, Dignity Health, UCSF, and multiple health plans and laboratories into a consolidated, consistent and centralized EMPI.

“An efficient MSO must provide reliable and accurate patient information in order to improve physician adoption, increase clinical collaboration, and avoid unnecessary administrative expenses.  Access to organized and consistent patient information, regardless of practice location or vendor system, empowers our member physicians and participating organizations,” said PriMed’s Chief Information Officer, Craig Lanway. “NextGate supported an earlier project of ours, and their knowledge, expertise, and technology for patient identity management is best in class.”

“As the MSO for one of the largest physician groups in the country, PriMed faces the same challenges we see in ACOs, HIEs and integrated delivery system operations.” stated Andy Aroditis, President and CEO, NextGate. “As the healthcare landscape becomes increasingly digital and interconnected, maintaining an accurate view of the same patient across disparate systems is critical. The complexities of the relationships we need to understand and map require a more sophisticated approach to identity management than ever before. We see this shift reflected in increasing demand for our platform, and we are pleased to help organizations like PriMed maintain the infrastructure required for today’s healthcare integration needs.”

NextGate EMPI uses intelligent matching algorithms to recognize related entities spread across different applications and locations, and links them together under an Enterprise ID in a comprehensive master index, enabling a secure and accurate exchange of patient information.

About PriMed
PriMed Management Consulting Services is the management services organization (MSO) that organized Hill Physicians Medical Group in 1984, and employs approximately 500 people. PriMed provides technology, claims processing, customer service, EHR, patient and case management and authorization reviews to support physician practices. PriMed strives to maintain a strong but cost-effective infrastructure that can help physician offices achieve economies of scale, as well as create and support a high-quality, competitive medical delivery system in Northern California.

About NextGate
NextGate provides Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and registry solutions that integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views of patient data, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance. NextGate solutions clean and coordinate data to improve operational efficiency, discover new associations and insights, and reduce the potential for costly errors. NextGate’s innovative MatchMetrix® Technology Platform serves as the foundation for the company’s advanced, enterprise-class registries, and provides an integrated environment to develop customer and domain specific solutions that expand as requirements evolve. For more information visit: www.nextgate.com.

January 31, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Just Associates Celebrates a Decade of Mastering Patient Identity, Improving Data Integrity

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – June 18, 2012 – Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for healthcare organizations, is celebrating a decade of delivering to hospitals and healthcare organizations the innovative services and solutions that drive quality care by mastering patient identity and improving data integrity.

Established in 2002 by Beth Just, the consulting firm is dedicated to meeting the data integrity needs of the health information exchange (HIE), health information management (HIM), health informatics and health IT markets. Launched at a time when enterprise master patient index (EMPI) systems were just starting to appear on the market and adoption of clinical information systems was limited, Just and her small team of passionate professionals recognized the impact duplicate and overlaid patient records would have on the efficacy of these systems.

“We realized early on that EMPI, EHR and other clinical information systems could not deliver the promised quality, safety and efficiency outcomes if data integrity was compromised,” said Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, the firm’s president and CEO. “These systems also lacked the sophisticated algorithms to accurately match inbound data with existing patient information, which exacerbated the situation by facilitating creation of new duplicates.”

Armed with deep experience in master patient index (MPI) cleanups, technical sophistication and a passion for providing high-quality services that deliver superior value, Just Associates quickly established itself as a leader in MPI management. Over the past 10 years, it has grown to include more than 70 highly trained professionals and amassed a client list that includes many of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare institutions.

“We have experienced firsthand Just Associates’ dedication and exceptional customer service,” said Barb Manor, MA, RHIA, senior director of HIM, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. “They tackle every challenge with determination, peeling back the layers to find and eradicate the source of data integrity issues. They also design innovative, long-term solutions and governance processes to ensure that the data we rely on to provide our patients with safe, high-quality care remain uncompromised. They have earned their reputation as an industry leader.”

The firm works with nearly every vendor solution and delivers services encompassing every aspect of data integrity, including MPI cleanup, data migration, and patient access training and consulting. Other services include HIE and EMPI consulting, such as requirements definition, testing, record linking and matching, data mapping, cleanup and maintenance. Software vendors turn to Just Associates for its expertise in optimizing record-matching algorithm performance.

Most recently, Just Associates launched IDMaster®, its proprietary duplicate record workflow software. It also pioneered outsourced MPI management with Repair™, its customized patient identity management service that provides hospitals with a more efficient duplicate record resolution process that overcomes staffing and other resource challenges. Business intelligence tools also identify areas of weakness where additional education or process adjustments can help prevent duplicate creation on the front end.

“We uncover the root causes of data integrity issues and provide guidance on the governance necessary to ensure it stays that way,” said Just.

Maintaining data integrity is more complex and critical now than it was a decade ago, thanks to the increased prevalence of computerized physician order entry (CPOE), EHR, EMPI and other clinical information systems. As more of these systems are interfaced, higher volumes of data flow between patient records and clinical, administrative and financial systems. An error at any point quickly snowballs as the information travels from one system to the next.

“It’s not just a domino effect. It’s exponential. Inaccurate data captured in one system can feed into as many as 50 others before it is detected … if it ever is detected,” said Just. “That is why Just Associates continues pushing its clients to higher levels of data integrity by delivering the innovative services necessary to ensure the information upon which care decisions are based is accurate, regardless of where it enters the system.”

About Just Associates, Inc.

A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management, Just Associates, Inc. (www.justassociates.com) is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved data integrity. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve clients’ financial outcomes and business processes, support delivery of quality patient care, and meet the expectations of diverse stakeholders through improved data integrity.

June 28, 2012 I Written By

Hawaii’s Leading Health Care Data Organization Selects NextGate Enterprise Master Patient Index to Support Population Health Management

Hawaii Health Information Corporation using NextGate EMPI to create a more accurate, complete statewide patient database

MONROVIA, Calif. — December 4, 2012 — NextGate, a leading provider of Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and registry solutions, today announced that Hawaii Health Information Corporation (HHIC) will implement NextGate’s EMPI software and related services.  HHIC will use this solution to match patient records collected from various organizations, enable more consistent patient identification across health settings, and increase the accuracy and breadth of population health statistics.

HHIC maintains 18 years of health data and is recognized as the most comprehensive and organized database of health information in Hawaii.  Providers, payers, state government, and researchers use the data for clinical collaboration, financial efficiency, and performance measurements such as readmission rates. HHIC also provides analytics and data for research organizations, including the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ). The patient identity management capabilities of the NextGate EMPI will enable these organizations to exchange health information with the highest levels of accuracy and completeness of patient information.

“Assembling a complete patient record is particularly challenging in Hawaii because we have to accommodate different data systems, non-standard content, a diverse and transient population, and complicated phonetic attributes,” said Jill Miyamura, Vice President at HHIC. “Many other solutions we considered were underpowered and simply fell short.  Our team concluded that NextGate had the intelligence, precision, and flexibility to handle the complexity of our challenge.”

“Now that different organizations are sharing healthcare data with each other, they realize the challenge of determining if the data represent the same patient. Insightful organizations like HHIC are implementing EMPI solutions to improve the accuracy and quality of their data, which provides a direct benefit to the partners that rely on that information,” said Andy Aroditis, President and CEO, NextGate. “As healthcare continues to become more interconnected and complex, basic MPI technology is simply not up to the task and more advanced systems are becoming increasingly essential.”

The NextGate EMPI creates a centralized patient index, supplying providers, payers and applications with a reliable, consolidated, consistent and de-duplicated source of patient demographics enabling accurate exchange of patient information.

About Hawaii Health Information Corporation

Hawaii Health Information Corporation (HHIC) is Hawai‘i’s leading health care information organization. HHIC’s  mission is to collect, analyze and disseminate statewide health information to support efforts to continuously improve the quality and cost-efficiency of Hawai‘i’s health care services. A private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1994, HHIC maintains one of Hawai‘i’s largest healthcare databases. HHIC’s unique strength is the ability to generate comparative information using the extensive records in this database. In addition, we analyze relevant state and national databases to create population-based reports, performance measures, norms and benchmarks. As an independent organization, HHIC brings both objectivity and the required expertise to enable health care facilities, health plans, public and private organizations and communities to make the most of the data available, both locally and nationally.

About NextGate

NextGate provides Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and registry solutions that integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance.  For more information visit: www.nextgate.com.

January 11, 2012 I Written By

New Xcelera R3.2 helps save time and simplifies workflow, enabling better collaboration for patient care

Philips Healthcare has released Xcelera R3.2, its latest multimodality cardiology image management, analysis and reporting solution. Xcelera features enhanced connectivity with other hospital information systems and the patient’s electronic medical record. It also has a Tele-Cardiology feature available that allows for images and reports to be accessed remotely, and for hospitals to share information with affiliated clinics and other sites.

WHAT: Philips announces the availability of Xcelera R3.2, the latest release of its multimodality cardiology image management, analysis and reporting solution. Now shipping, Philips Xcelera R3.2 delivers vital patient information across the care continuum via enhanced connectivity with other hospital information systems and the patient’s electronic medical record.

WHY: Building on the successful Xcelera platform, Xcelera R3.2 continues to optimize clinician workflow by functioning as a single resource for patient cardiovascular imaging information and study management. It offers a highly-configurable, scalable and customizable solution that can grow to meet clinician needs.

Optional advanced quantification applications provide analytical assessment for ultrasound, cardiovascular X-ray, nuclear medicine, as well as clinical review of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) and electrophysiology (EP) examinations. An optional interface enables the viewing of electrocardiograms from select systems via the Xcelera workspace. The system also performs the necessary functions for exam storage, allows for study review, and offers optional pediatric decision support and clinical reporting tools.

Xcelera’s available Tele-Cardiology features enable images and reports to be accessed remotely through a secure connection. Hospitals can share information with affiliated clinics or other sites in a larger enterprise and allow cardiologists to access relevant studies, as Xcelera delivers the ability to view full-fidelity images, perform quantification, utilizing the optional QLAB 8.1 plug ins, and create reports.

In addition, Xcelera R3.2 offers several new features that support and enhance clinical workflow:

  • Support for Enterprise Master Patient Index (eMPI) provides a patient-oriented perspective that can increase efficiency for the clinician, by allowing for a single view of patient records and all relevant cardiovascular studies from multiple institutions in one “virtual” patient folder. This eliminates the inefficiencies that can result if a patient has different medical record numbers assigned at each of those facilities.
  • New, customizable security features can be managed by Xcelera to restrict or grant access to users on an individual basis, including the ability to control user access to data at the institutional and enterprise levels.
  • A new DICOM measurement mapping tool improves interoperability with other vendors’ ultrasound systems that export DICOM structured reporting (SR), and enables users to access rich clinical ultrasound information in Xcelera.
  • Collaboration with TomTec Imaging Systems GmbH adds its ImageArena suite of advanced quantification plug-ins as available options, allowing assessments of 2D and Live 3D/4D imaging studies from most major ultrasound equipment providers.
  • Support for the new Philips QLAB 8.1 quantification software, which assists with analysis of image data acquired on Philips ultrasound systems, providing semi-automated and objective methods for quantifying ultrasound data.

“The Xcelera R3.2 is an even more robust solution, offering full interoperability with Philips’s X5-1 transducer for the iE33 xMATRIX Ultrasound system while maintaining the system’s reliability and responsiveness. Our facility experienced a seamless transition,” said Sherif B. Labib, M.D., Associate Professor in Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Lahey Clinic.

September 3, 2011 I Written By

Merge Healthcare will unveil Merge iConnect

Despite advances in health information technology, why are patients still arriving at doctors offices with CDs containing diagnostic images (and in some cases, large film envelopes!)

One would assume a doctor could readily access x-ray, CT or other diagnostic images.  Just open the electronic health record, click a button and there’s the image.  Unfortunately, this is not the case – and your readers may want to know why.

Timely, cost-effective storage and sharing of diagnostic images is one of today’s major HIT challenges.

Consider this:

Ø       More than 700M imaging studies are done annually in US.

Ø       An average hospital system stores more than 4M patient images (100 terabytes of data.)

Ø       Even if an image has recently been secured, when patients travel between facilities, clinicians often re-order tests – -creating unnecessary expense and radiation exposure.

New technology is evolving to overcome this challenge – and early adopters such as UMass Memorial Medical Center, are leading the way.  Thanks to Merge Healthcare’s iConnect solution, nearly 700 of their physicians are now viewing images in their newly “image-enabled” Allscripts EHR.

At HIMSS 2011, Merge Healthcare (Booth #3348, Hall E) will unveil Merge iConnect, an image exchange software suite that facilitates the cost-effective sharing of diagnostic content, and provides real-time image access via any Web-enabled device.

Using an IHE compliant architecture, Merge iConnect is available in a series of vendor-agnostic modules that include:

– a zero-footprint image sharing platform — eliminates VPNs, pre-configured DICOM connections, CD transport, etc.
– a zero-download DICOM and XDS viewer for anytime/anywhere mobile access — physicians are no longer tethered to desktop computers to view diagnostic quality images
– a vendor neutral archive to consolidate diagnostic imaging data for all “‘ologies,” departments, and locations — medical images and reports are secure and easily accessible in a non-proprietary format
– a comprehensive interoperability platform that enables sharing and viewing of content across a set of heterogeneous patient IDs, source systems and data types — leverages works-in-progress from Merge including Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI)* and Master Data Management (MDM)* solutions
– self check-in kiosk technology with unique avatar-based, live-assist functionality — automates data capture earlier in the workflow process, eliminates paper, optimizes staff efficiency

Merge is unique in that the company offers a modular approach, enabling organizations to leverage existing technology investments and build interoperability at their own pace.  While many excellent niche solutions exist in the market to address image exchange and management, Merge is the only vendor offering a comprehensive solution suite with proven technologies and the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of modularity.

As a founding member of the long-standing DICOM standard and today’s largest vendor of DICOM toolkits, Merge has a rich, 20-year history of advancements in interoperability.  Today, while focusing deeply on image exchange, the company will also showcase some of our newest solutions across the healthcare landscape at HIMSS, including:

·         Radiology (RIS/PACS , revenue financial management, CAD for MRI)

·         Cardiology (digital integrated cardiovascular record, cath lab workflow and knowledge management)

·         Surgery (perioperative clinical information management, anesthesia information management)

·         Lab (clinical laboratory information system software and connectivity)

·         Clinical Trials (EDC, IVR/IWR, eDiaries)

Merge’s solutions for OEMS, VARs and distributors will also be presented.

Merge will participate in the 2011 HIMSS Interoperability Showcase (in conjunction with IHE), and is again one of the only radiology-centric vendors involved.

February 23, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.