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Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) Technologies
Enterprise Master Patient Index
technologies are one response to the health integration challenge
facing many health organisations. That challenge is how to provide a
patient centred health record. The health integration challenge arises because health applications are
typically populated from patient encounters in
different facilities. Patients may be identified differently in each facility.
For example a patient may present to one hospital and be assigned a medical record number (MRN).
This number is associated with the patient chart and is used in any electronic information communicated about the patient.
The challenge for any Electronic Health Record that needs to present a
patient centric health record is that the identifying information being sent with clinical
data sent (typically via
) has different identifiers for the same patient depending on which
facility the patient has visited.
Enterprise Master Patient Indexes
or EMPIs provide a cross facility client directory.
Such a directory typically records:
- patient demographics
- local identifiers for each facility the patient has attended
- matching functions to determine if new patients registrations at a given facility should be matched
to an existing entry in the client directory
technologies facilitate the the building of a patient centred health record.
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