Good Practices for the Implementation and Management of a National Master Patient Index


Key Questions: What is a Master Patient Index (MPI)? How can an MPI be implemented? What is a good strategy to manage an MPI? 

The South Africa National eHealth strategy (2012) provides a roadmap for the implementation of eHealth in the country. As part of the eHealth foundations section, it states the need for “implementation of a national patient master index for unique patient identification.”


  • What is a Master Patient Index?
  • Benefits of an MPI 
  • How Does an MPI function?
  • Implementing an MPI
  • Conclusion
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Why a Master Patient Index is Necessary for Healthcare IT from CDW