Healthix: Enhancing Patient Matching through Automated Data Stewardship

The Challenge: Achieving Real-Time High-Accuracy Patient Matching

Healthix, the largest public health information exchange (HIE) in the nation, facilitates the secure exchange of information between its participants to help them provide better care. Foundational to this is the ability to match and link patient records across the HIE, which covers over 16 million patients visiting nearly 1,500 facilities across New York City, Long Island, and beyond. At this scale, accurate and real-time patient matching is a challenge. But it is necessary for clinicians to be able to view their patients’ composite records—and ultimately to improve care quality and reduce redundant tests, procedures, and avoidable hospitalizations.