Just Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in patient matching and health information data integrity and management, announced today that its director of identity solutions, Rachel Podczervinski, will take part in a panel discussion on patient matching at the first annual Health IT Expo in New Orleans. The panel will highlight practical innovations and solutions for maintaining an organizational Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) for improved patient data integrity.

Joining Podczervinski, RHIA, on the “EMPI and Patient Matching” panel are Shahzad Ahmad, Vice President of Cloud Operations and Delivery with NextGate, and Steve Kotyk, Director of Healthcare Business Development for ARGO Data Resource Corporation. The panel will be moderated by renowned health IT thought leader Shahid Shah and takes place on May 31 from 1:30-2:15 p.m.

In addition to providing tips for managing patient matching, panelists will focus on the challenges associated with properly maintaining an EMPI, how to avoid pitfalls that may create roadblocks to interoperability and best practices for ensuring the integrity of patient data.

“Optimal care requires accurate patient information, which starts with its initial entry into a healthcare organization’s registration system. The use of sophisticated matching algorithms or other methods will limit identification errors not only at the point of entry, but also in any downstream system through which that patient information flows,” said Podczervinski. “By implementing multi-pronged technical and service solutions, as well as policies and procedures that address issues at the initial point of capture, organizations can be better prepared to confront any challenges associated with the EMPI.”

About Just Associates, Inc.
A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management for over 16 years, Just Associates, Inc. (www.justassociates.com) is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved patient matching. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve clients’ financial outcomes and business processes, support delivery of quality patient care, and meet the expectations of diverse stakeholders through improved data integrity.

Liz Goar