Patient Tracking From NextGate's EMPI Helps Kindred Healthcare Coordinate Care Transitions

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PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kindred Healthcare, the nation's largest provider of post-acute care, is establishing an interoperable IT framework using a single patient identifier assigned by NextGate's Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) to help manage and coordinate care transitions. This is an important part of Kindred's strategic initiative to create integrated-care markets across the country. The enterprise patient identifier supports accurate and seamless data sharing, across the Kindred care continuum, and facilitates connectivity with community Health Information Exchanges and Accountable Care Organizations.

With sites of service across the country that include transitional-care hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and more than 100 home health and hospice locations, Kindred is deploying an internal, enterprise-wide, Health Information Exchange platform to share patient information throughout the patient care cycle.

"NextGate's EMPI provides the key patient identifier that enables our internal Health Information Exchange to support a single, longitudinal view of our patients throughout their experience at Kindred," said Larry Wolf, Kindred's Health IT Strategist. "This capability gives our clinicians easier access to current and historical patient information, simplifying the coordination of post-acute activity and delivering increased value to our partners."

"Kindred is leading the way in improving the quality and efficiency of transitional care," said Andy Aroditis, CEO NextGate, "and we are excited to play a part in their innovative strategy."

About Kindred Healthcare:

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is a healthcare services company that through its subsidiaries operates hospitals, nursing centers, hospice and home health locations, and a contract rehabilitation services business across the United States. For more information, visit

About NextGate Solutions:

NextGate's MatchMetrix Technology Platform helps existing applications work better, together. The industry leading NextGate EMPI, along with a suite of identity management registries, integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Violeta Chinni, Marketing Communications Manager NextGate, 626.343.5070

Source: NextGate Solutions