The Changing Use of MDM in Health Care

by Angela Guess

Jeff Scheepers of Informatica recently noted that health care companies are evolving their use of MDM. He writes, “It’s clear that within the provider community, MDM is quickly maturing beyond a single virtual view of the patient using an Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI). To give you a bit of detail about what I mean, I’ve highlighted a few recent examples of changing MDM usage in the industry extending beyond traditional EMPI.”

His first example is domain expansion: “MDM requirements to gain control of patient data, fueling initiatives like patient-centricity, haven’t subsided.  On the contrary, efforts are expanding to include the management and analysis of other related domains.  Providers are now commonly identifying provider, location, employee and service domains in addition to patient, as critical to attaining business objectives.”

Another example is relationship analytics: “Today’s industry pressures are forcing many healthcare organizations to pursue aggressive improvements in their ability to increase patient populations, enhance quality under cost constraint, and respond more quickly to upcoming regulatory requirements.  As healthcare executives attempt to understand and improve their businesses to that end, they are demanding trustworthy information and analysis, which relies on relationships between patients, geographic proximity to the practice locations they visit, their preferred specialists and a host of additional insight.”

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