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

[December 04, 2012]

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

MONROVIA, Calif., Dec 4, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- 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.

The NextGate Solutions logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/ pkgid=15361 This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com SOURCE: NextGate Solutions (Logo: http://media.primezone.com/cache/23225/int/16294.jpg) CONTACT: Media Contact: Jessica Cohen Aria Marketing for NextGate 617.332.9999 x203 jcohen@ariamarketing.com

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