Misys Open Source Solutions, LLC (“MOSS”), the leading provider of standards-based, open source health information exchange (HIE) technology, has teamed with NextGate to help healthcare organizations achieve true interoperability more completely and at a significantly lower cost by accurately combining and cross-referencing patient data from a variety of community sources. Under the new partnership, MOSS will extend its Misys Connect™ Exchange by connecting it with MatchMetrix™, NextGate’s open-source based Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) solution. This will enable a single view of patient information and provide community HIE at a fraction of the cost of competitive alternatives. Built on a powerful open source integration platform, MOSStechnology is used to connect a variety of different healthcare information systems both within and across organizations. Communities adopt the MOSS solution because it offers a single open source software environment that dramatically drives down cost and speeds implementation times, generating significant value. MatchMetrix enhances this solution by making it possible to link patient information from multiple systems, even when that information does not have a common identifier to match it to the patient. This allows healthcare providers to confidently rely on data from disparate sources and empowers them to provide better quality of care. When asked about the importance of the partnership, MOSS VP Tim Elwell commented: “Health Information Exchanges are meant to help healthcare providers exchange important patient information regardless of the underlying technology that is used. They also play an important role in helping providers achieve meaningful use requirements. With the partnership with NextGate, MOSS is addressing these challenges. It begins by identifying each patient in the community uniquely using MatchMetrix and then MOSS links each patient record to each patient so that a healthcare provider can confidently search the community records and retrieve information from various sources about the patient that is being treated. MOSS has created the ability to enable that exchange and NextGate has been able to integrate the standard-based components created by the MOSS open source community to make that exchange possible.” “The cooperation of MOSS and NextGate on the first standards-based open-source HIE infrastructure in the world has the potential to change the way healthcare organizations approach information exchange. What began as a way for MOSS and NextGate to jointly support Hartford Hospital in its pioneering HIE has resulted in MatchMetrix being optimized to work on the MOSS platform for the good of the entire healthcare sector. We are delighted to be working with MOSS to make this happen,” said Andy Aroditis, CEO of NextGate. A key challenge for the healthcare community throughout the United States is that there is no unique patient identifier that stays with an individual across all the healthcare systems they use. This problem is heightened since there is no standard way to enter patient information thus increasing the likelihood of error. This means it is very difficult to determine whether vital health information entered into one system relates to a patient entered into another system. MatchMetrix on the MOSS platform overcomes these problems using complex mathematical algorithms.