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Wipro, NextGate to build eMPI solution for NHS Scotland


Wipro Limited has been awarded a 12-year contract from National Health Board (NHS) Scotland to develop an enterprise master patient index (eMPI) solution.

The solution, which will be hosted in Scotland, will enable the healthcare organization to shift from its current legacy community health index system (CHI) to offer cost effective, efficient, paperless and patient-friendly healthcare services throughout the country.

“We are pleased to be working with Wipro, a leading global information technology company and NextGate, the leader in healthcare identity management, to move our Mainframe Solutions Transformation Programme (MSTP) initiative forward,” said Andy Robertson, director of IT at National Services Scotland. “The modernization of our CHI system using their technology will help us deliver the highest standards of healthcare to the people of Scotland in a cost effective and efficient manner.”

Wipro has partnered with NextGate, leveraging the company’s MatchMetrix platform to enable the eMPI solution to link and manage data from patients, partner institutions and third party organizations.

Last year NextGate added facial recognition technology to its MatchMetrix platform, giving organizations additional mechanisms to search for and identify patients.

The NextGate MatchMetrix eMPI manages the complex task of correlating patient data by using intelligent matching algorithms to identify, compare, and link related patient records from any source, and assigns the enterprise ID.

The platform’s matching process can spot duplicate records and automatically combine or reconcile them based on user defined rules, or flag them for manual review.

Other features include a user-friendly interface, facility-based reporting to easily manage the quality of content, strict access controls to grant access to only authorized users, and maintaining records of every activity to comply with HIPAA and other privacy regulations.

In an effort to adhere to NHS’ future requirements, Wipro and NextGate will develop a scalable solution to enable healthcare providers in the Scottish healthcare boards to maintain unique patient identifiers.

Based on NextGate’s MatchMetrix platform, the solution will integrate with other existing NHS Scotland legacy systems. As a result, healthcare providers will be able to compare patient records from disparate applications, and link together multiple patient records for simplified and accurate cross-platform validation of patient data.

The highly-efficient solution reduces the time spent on searching for patient information, allowing healthcare providers to focus on providing safe care for their patients.

“We are delighted to have been selected as a partner by NHS Scotland and believe that this initiative is a step towards efficient data management to provide improved quality and integrated care,” said Jeffrey Heenan Jalil, senior vice president and global head of Wipro Limited’s healthcare, life sciences and services division. “Wipro understands that technology is a strategic enabler, and offers ways to improve patient outcomes, expand access, and enhance patient experience. We are investing in building next-generation data management technologies, which will form the backbone to deliver connected and seamless healthcare.”

Previously reported, NextGate demonstrated its vendor neutral biometrics patient ID solution at last month’s HIMSS17 healthcare IT conference.

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