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ARGO Partners with the American Health Information Management Association
Richardson, Texas—ARGO partnered with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to provide the next generation Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) patient record matching technology to healthcare students worldwide.
ARGO implemented its Entity Match & Resolution EMPI solution to help AHIMA Virtual Lab students establish and maintain unique patient records; allowing evaluation and resolution of similar records into a single, comprehensive patient health record. ARGO and AHIMA offer this functionality to approximately 10,000 students and potentially through 400 universities across the U.S. and around the globe. The virtual lab gives students full access to the ARGO EMPI solution, enabling them to walk through:
- Maintaining the integrity of data received from healthcare systems and analyzing how changes to patient demographics affect relationships to other existing medical records
- Leveraging advanced probabilistic algorithms and custom rules to improve identification of medical record overlays, duplicates, and overlaps
- Resolving overlays, merging duplicates, and linking overlapped records into a community EMPI
- Managing a patient’s health record within and across healthcare organizations
Developed in partnership with ARGO and other health information technology software corporations, the virtual lab allows students to work with the software they will encounter in the workplace in a safe environment that closely simulates real-world scenarios. Lessons and activities designed specifically for the lab applications enable students to test their skills and decision-making abilities without jeopardizing the privacy, security, or integrity of actual medical records.
“To achieve accurate patient matching, future health information management professionals require knowledge on how to leverage specialized technology to lower existing duplicate record rates and prevent the creation of duplicate records,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, CAE, FAHIMA. “Incorporating the ARGO EMPI solution into our virtual lab shows students how to achieve a high level of accuracy, leveraging ARGO’s advanced patient matching technology.”
“The increasing complexity of managing a patient’s health record within and across healthcare organizations necessitates increased sophistication in matching accuracy and intelligent workflow management,” said ARGO’s Healthcare Business Development Director Steve Kotyk. “The ARGO Entity Match & Resolution solution provides students with these capabilities and enables them to learn how accurate patient records help improve the quality and safety of healthcare, reduce the number of duplicate tests, and lower overall costs.”
About the American Health Information Management Association
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) represents more than 103,000 health information professionals in the United States and around the world. AHIMA is committed to promoting and advocating for high-quality research, best practices, and effective standards in health information and actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org
Applying over 35 years of experience, ARGO designs and implements mission-critical and analytical software. ARGO solutions address key issues including patient matching and biometric verification, duplicate record detection and prevention, access to data across organizations, and quality of care.
ARGO Healthcare solutions also help organizations respond to healthcare reform by providing tools to improve collections and increase patient revenue. For more information about the ARGO suite of healthcare solutions, visit: argohealthcaresolutions.com.
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