Westchester Medical Center in New York has installed QuadraMed’s identity management solutions as part of an enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR) implementation.

The centre hopes the enterpise master patient index (EMPI) solutions will increase data accuracy and minimise duplicate patient records.

The 643-bed acute care facility can identify and resolve overlapping or duplicate patient records stored within their information systems using QuadraMed’s identity management solution. The solutions will also retain one accurate clinical record per patient regardless of the data source, application or facility visited, which results in streamlined care coordination and improved safety. EMPI solutions will be implemented before the enterprise-wide implementation of an EHR system.

Westchester Medical Center senior vice-president and CIO John Moustakakis said, "EMPI solutions will enable us to cleanse the existing master patient index, decrease duplicate records and build an integrated platform for accessing and managing patient data throughout the enterprise. In addition to improving the accuracy and integrity of demographic, inpatient and outpatient data, these solutions will allow us to dramatically reduce the potential for patient misidentification, medical errors and unnecessary tests."

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QuadraMed CEO Duncan James said his company’s identity management solutions give providers the tools needed to maintain a clean EMPI while establishing a framework that promotes interoperability with other healthcare entities. "As healthcare organisations are challenged to adopt electronic health records and meet meaningful use criteria, maintaining the accuracy and integrity of patient data is a critical first step," he added.

Caption: The QuadraMed identity management solution is expected to increase data accuracy and minimise duplicate patient records.Image courtesy of Ambro.