Referential Matching

Improving Referential Patient Matching

Did you know 4medica does more than matching demographic data to a comprehensive and continuously updated reference database of identities instead of just comparing one record to another? We offer a referential matching service that is more sophisticated and efficient than other services. We use hundreds of external data sources to eliminate potential duplicates in near real-time, at a fraction of the cost of batch-mode processing.

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The Future of Patient Matching: Advancements in Healthcare Technology

In today’s fast-paced healthcare environment, the need for accurate and reliable patient matching is more critical than ever before. As healthcare systems become increasingly interconnected and data-driven, the risk of errors and discrepancies in patient identities can lead to dire consequences. Duplicate records, mismatched data, and fragmented patient information can lead to treatment delays, medical errors, compromised patient safety, and increased healthcare costs.

The referential matching service provided by 4medica represents a significant advancement in patient matching accuracy. Unlike traditional methods that rely on simple one-to-one record comparisons, this innovative service utilizes comprehensive external data sets that bring a higher rate of match accuracy over other conventional referential matching services that use compiled data that is never validated and updated in real-time as new data becomes available. 4medica ensures that its referential data sources are refreshed in real-time so there is never a lag in accessing current data and ensuring the overall match rate increasingly improves.

In the context of 99% accurate patient matching, this means that rather than comparing two records directly, the software queries a comprehensive and continuously updated reference database of identities, greatly enhancing the accuracy and speed of matching patient demographic data.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is patient matching?

Patient matching is a fundamental process within the healthcare industry that aims to ensure the seamless integration and exchange of patient information across various healthcare facilities and health systems. It plays a critical role in enabling healthcare providers to access comprehensive and up-to-date patient data, leading to the following:

  • Improved clinical decision-making, 
  • Enhanced patient care coordination, and
  • Ultimately better patient outcomes. 
What is the new technology to verify patient identification?

Beyond patient matching, 4medica’s suite of health data quality solutions include the 4medica EZReg Patient Registration application and 4medica personal health record, which enhance the patient identification process and engagement experience to further promote active participation in personalized healthcare management.

The 4medica EZReg Patient Registration application provides health systems, hospitals, and other provider organizations that ability to register patients quickly and accurately by leveraging a sophisticated person look-up service to find, verify and register without having to key patient demographic data into the main registration system. The powerful search-ahead feature finds patients quickly and accurately with just a couple of key strokes and helps registration clerks validate the right individual in near real-time with up to 80% less data entry requirements. Data entry errors and duplicates records are reduced by up to 90% at the point of registration.

The 4medica application enables patients to take a more initiative-taking role in their healthcare journey through actions like aggregating and accessing their medical records and communicating with healthcare providers through secure channels. This not only fosters a stronger doctor-patient relationship, but also empowers patients to be more involved in their treatment plans, leading to improved adherence and better health outcomes.

What is patient matching within a health information exchange?

In the context of a health information exchange (HIE), patient matching plays a vital role in creating a seamless flow of patient data between different healthcare organizations. An HIE allows authorized healthcare providers to securely access and share patient information across various platforms and settings.

Accurate patient matching within an HIE ensures that the right patient’s data is linked to their unique identifier, enabling healthcare professionals to make informed decisions based on comprehensive and up-to-date medical records.

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