Tracking Patient Care in today’s healthcare system often consists of records scattered through multiple disparate systems. The ability to track a patient in multiple specialized systems is the reality of healthcare today. In the best cases, it can lead to more specialized care. However, it also leads to more data to keep track of, and correctly linking all of that data back to the correct patient is an increasing challenge.

The costs of patient record duplication and incorrect record linking are real and growing fast. It is not just a financial cost – Medical Errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US today. An incomplete picture of a patient’s total care can lead to costly and dangerous mistakes.

An average healthcare organization EHR has 8%-12% rate of record duplication (higher in larger systems – 15%-18%). How is your organization handling the myriad tracking numbers and accounts associated with each patient throughout your care system? How are you working around multiple patient identifiers to best ensure that duplicate records are either not created, or are rectified with minimal impact?

Can we help you with an EMPI Analysis Check?

  • Has your healthcare organization undergone any kind of merger or changeover of systems in the last few years?
  • Have you decommissioned a major system of record and replaced it with newer technology?
  • Do you have an accurate way of checking for duplicate records when accepting or registering a “new” patient?
    • Duplications on average it cost $1,950 per inpatient patient ($800 per ED Visit) – survey by Black Book Research
  • How many ancillary integrated systems do you have that utilize their own patient ID system? (Lab/RX/PIO etc)
  • If your HCIS has a duplicate record checking system how robust is it? Can it protect or cross reference your ancillary systems as well?
  • What percentage of claims have you submitted that have been denied due to inaccurate patient information?
    • One statistic claims that 33% of denied claims are due to inaccurate patient information
  • How much time (and labor dollars) is your staff spending researching and reconciling duplicate patient records?
    • 57% of data managers report having to spend their time regularly correcting duplicate patient records – AHIMA survey
  • Have you experienced any issues in care due to incomplete record search or by roadblocks to easily cross searching patient data?
  • How have billing or medical errors caused by any of the above issues impacted the overall satisfaction of your patients and your providers?

We would love to share some information with you about how a robust EMPI system can pay for itself in terms of ROI by reducing rejected claims, reducing time wasted on record management and increasing patient satisfaction. As part of your overall interoperability strategy, let Summit show you how an EMPI can help resolve some of the above issues with our easy to use tool!