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Why you should never “spring clean” your MPI (and should keep it continuously clean instead)

Thought Leadership

While it may not feel like spring across most of the US, we are still around the corner from warmer weather and you may be feeling the accompanying urge to “Marie Kondo” your accumulated clutter.

This annual deep-clean approach certainly provides a very refreshing feeling – the type of feeling you get after knocking something off your to-do list after neglecting it for a while. And if you work in a healthcare organization with a master patient index (MPI), you may have that same nagging feeling – uncertainty in your MPI/EHR’s ability to match patients to their data – and once in a while feel the need to take the same approach to “cleaning out” your duplicate patient medical records.

Similar to the dust and clutter that a home accumulates, without significant attention and review, an MPI is constantly flagging records as “potential duplicates” that must be manually reviewed in order to be resolved and merged. In fact, 18% of the average health systems’ records are duplicate records – many of which are just lying around waiting to be manually resolved.

As a result, you may occasionally feel overwhelmed and pay for an expensive service to clean your MPI/EHR by manually working through thousands or millions of these flagged “potential duplicates” to resolve them.

But imagine a software service that you can plug into your MPI/EHR to instantly resolve the duplicate records that currently exist (i.e. a “deep clean” à la Marie Kondo). Then imagine keeping this service plugged in to keep your MPI/EHR continuously clean by finding and resolving duplicate records as they are created.

By continuously cleaning your MPI/EHR, you will never have to hire an expensive clean-up service again. You can finally move your HIM staff to more important priorities than tedious manual records review. And you will never have to fear what care and patient safety errors are being caused by insufficient or incomplete patient data.

Using groundbreaking Referential Matching technology and a nimble SaaS approach, Verato Auto-Steward is a cloud-based plug-in for your EHR or EMPI that automatically finds and resolves your duplicate records across any system – whether you use Epic®, Cerner®, IBM® Initiate, NextGate®, Mirth®, or any other EHR or EMPI.