President moderates discussion informing methods to keep patient data clean and free of duplicate records

WHAT: At the 5th annual conference of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), 4medica® President Gregg Church invites SHIEC attendees to “Stop Duplicates” by deploying modern-day patient matching techniques with or without a national patient ID assigned. 4medica provides SaaS (software- as-a-service) Big Data Management and Clinical Data Exchange platforms to help healthcare organizations create a seamless view of the patient care experience.

Advocating for action via its data standardization tools and data governance procedures to keep patients safe, 4medica introduces its Virtual Master Data Clean-Up Program that guarantees eliminating patient record duplication rates to 1 percent or less. The program precisely cleans the master patient index (MPI) database and prevents new duplicates from forming. SHIEC attendees can visit the 4medica booth 212 to learn about the program and converse with data management experts to promote all-inclusive consensus building to adopt patient matching standards.

Additionally, Church will moderate the breakout session, “How to Improve Patient Matching: Four Proven Methods.” Panelists include:

  • Phil Beckett, Chief Executive Officer at HASA;
  • Stephanie Fink, Director of Business Operations and Process Security Officer at NEHII;
  • James Noland, Product Manager at MiHIN; and
  • Van Zimmerman, Executive Director and Network Compliance and Security Officer at NJII.

The session covers four proven approaches to maintain high quality and clean patient identity data: modern-day master patient index technology, normalization for data standardization, data enrichment tips and data stewardship management techniques.

WHY: The U.S. healthcare industry has well documented the national need for a single, unified and accurate view of each patient moving through different care settings. A longitudinal view of the patient’s health record accessible to HIE participants ideally is delivered by a master patient index that performs in transactional mode for large-scale performance and contains unlimited patient demographic histories effective in reducing false negative matches.

 “With the nationwide expansion of interoperability, national standards must be in place to empower clinicians to share and access electronic records to mitigate the risk to patients who fall victim to matching errors,” said Church. “Every stakeholder is obligated to solve this problem and pledge to be a good data steward.”

TIME/WHERE: At the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, 4medica exhibits August 19-21 in booth 212 its Big Data Management solutions: 4medica Big Data MPI™, 4medica Big Data Enrichment™ and 4medica Big Data CDR™. The breakout session is 9:30-10:20 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 21.