A growing number of health care providers in Michigan have started storing patient data in electronic health records as the first step in moving away from traditional, paper-based files. These records create instant increase in efficiency within each provider’s practice, but more work needs to be done to ensure timely and relevant patient information can be shared among providers and other health care stakeholders.
This sharing of patient information between legally authorized health care providers is known as health information exchange.
In Michigan, a health information network has been created to coordinate and facilitate building a statewide capability to securely, electronically exchange health information.
The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is Michigan’s initiative to continuously improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety by promoting secure, electronic exchange of health information. MiHIN represents a growing network of public and private organizations working to overcome data sharing barriers, reduce costs, and ultimately advance the health of Michigan’s population.