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What is an EMPI and Why Is It Important?

Hospitals and healthcare systems that aren’t running an efficient EMPI (Enterprise Master Patient Index) platform are more likely to have their EHR system filled with duplicate patient records and inaccurate information about their patients. These discrepancies may cause potential risks to the patient and compromise the quality of care and treatment. Accurate patient identification is critical to providing the best patient care, however, patient matching implications can happen during the patient registration process. Patients do not always give correct demographic information, and patient identifiers, such as demographic data, Social Security numbers and patients’ addresses can be mistyped easily, this may cause discrepancies and duplicate records in the system.

An efficient EMPI platform is only the start of patient identification improvement. Our EMPI system uses a cloud-based matching platform that links and matches patients across disparate databases or organizations with the highest accuracy rates in the industry. It uses referential matching to get an exact match when looking up patients in the EMPI system. The use of the EMPI helps the health information exchange to better match and link patient records across its participating providers.

The RGVHIE Partners With TRAC to Provide HIE to Local 911 EMS Responders

The Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGVHIE) is pleased to announce that it will be collaborating with the Trauma Regional Advisory Council (TRAC) to provide the technology and services required to support health information exchange (HIE) for local 911 EMS responders. With this new system, EMS providers will have access to the critical patient information they need to initiate effective treatments, and improve the overall quality of emergency care.

Prior to this partnership, TRAC had identified a need to improve the communication between EMS provider and hospital emergency departments. EMS responders did not have the capability to access, send, and receive the information they needed for time-sensitive treatments. The RGVHIE will create the technical infrastructure for EMS providers to get immediate access to patient medical records in order to make the best possible treatment decisions while transporting patients to the emergency room.

With a specialized lineup of services, the RGVHIE will help fill the information gap by providing solutions at the point of care. The interoperability service integrates with a wide range of EMS software and serves as a conduit for health information exchange. EMS responders can easily access patient information using the secure Provider Portal. RGVHIE will also offer training and support for this new solution to ensure that EMS staff can utilize the system to access timely patient information at the point of care.

The RGVHIE firmly believes that access to information leads to better care, more efficient transitions of care, and improved outcomes and experiences. We will continue working with EMS providers to ensure that their health information exchange systems support the goal of delivering better emergency services for all patients in the community.

Congratulations to Billy J. Cortez

Congratulations to Billy J. Cortez

We are pleased to announce that Billy J. Cortez is now Mirth Certified. Being Mirth Certified gives RGV HIE the capability and knowledge needed to connect clinics and health organizations to exchange health information using the Mirth Connect Integration Engine.

As the “data steward” for the community to share patient health information, we have put in place processes and oversight to ensure privacy and security to facilitate the secure exchange of protected health information. Although most hospitals and providers have electronic health record (EHR) systems, most are not able to share information electronically among different EHR vendors. The result by default is most providers still fax copies of health records to each other.

Our Integration engine service offers an affordable solution for clinics and health organizations to share patient health information to meet current legislative requirements such as Meaningful Use, PCMH, and MACRA. Essentially, you connect your EHR to the HIE one time and we can direct your data to any destination required at a reasonable fee. Our technology will enable organizations to have the option to participate in our HIE, disease registry, or quality reporting tool.

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