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, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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.

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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.

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