LANSING, Mich., March 5, 2019 — Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) and Livonia Public Schools along with Wayne RESA are partnering to pilot a new online program to help parents and legal guardians quickly request and receive immunization records from the state. MiHIN’s Consumer Mediated Exchange is an integration that works with a school’s parent portal, so parents or guardians can immediately access their child’s immunization record.
In Michigan, students are required to show proof of immunizations for kindergartners, 7th graders and new enrollees. For parents, this typically means a trip to the doctor’s office or health department to request their child’s record, which often comes with a cost. For schools, requesting these records and reminding parents to comply is often time consuming.
MiHIN’s Consumer Mediated Exchange program streamlines this process for parents and schools. The pilot with Livonia Public Schools launched in February, and parents and administrators are already seeing positive results.
“Having such immediate access is pretty amazing,” said Livonia parent Kara Clarke. “I love how I can quickly view my child’s immunization records and confirm that they’re up to date, not to mention the convenience of the district having this information, which gives me one less piece of documentation I need to provide.”
“Anything that we can do to improve accessibility for parents and increase the convenience factor for mandated school reporting documents is amazing,” said Dr. Jen Taiariol, director of student services at Livonia Public Schools. “The instantaneous accessibility of these documents is paramount. Parents no longer have to go back to their doctor, which is a huge improvement.”
MiHIN’s Consumer Mediated Exchange program is free to Michigan schools and districts. Schools interested in joining the program in their district can contact Megan Gibbs at email@example.com.
About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services
The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is Michigan’s state-designated entity to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide, helping reduce costs for patients, providers, and payers. MiHIN is a nonprofit, public-private collaboration that includes stakeholders from the State of Michigan, Health Information Exchanges serving Michigan, health systems and providers, health plans/payers, pharmacies, and the Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission. For more information, visit https://mihin.org.
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