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Tutorial: Enterprise Master Person Index

Published: 16 September 2008

ID: G00161211

Analyst(s): Wes Rishel


Gartner has covered enterprise master person index products for some time. This tutorial and discussion of criteria are driven by growing global interest in these products and their special importance to health information exchanges.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Context
  • The Challenges of EMPI
    • Accuracy in Patient Identification
    • EMPI Settings: Enterprise, HIE and Inter-HIE
  • Product Features
    • Identity Matching
    • Probabilistic Versus Deterministic Record Matching
    • When to Use Deterministic Matching
    • Persistent and Transient Patient ID Linkages
    • Patient Matching Workflows
    • Representative Vendors
    • Important Evaluation Criteria
    • Costs
  • Futuristic Thoughts
  • Recommendations
    • General Recommendations

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