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Competition among health information exchanges slows development of Michigan system

Featured October 8, 2012 | modernhealthcare.com | Jay Greene, Modern Healthcare A plan intended to foster interconnected health information exchanges across the state has gone awry as companies providing the services compete for hospitals, physicians and market share. The health information exchanges -- not to be confused with the health insurance exchanges under health care reform -- are intended to help make it easier for hospitals and physicians to exchange patient information, thereby achieving lower costs and higher quality by better coordinating care and reducing service duplication. The problem is the two exchanges with the biggest market share, Okemos-based Great Lakes HIE and Grand Rapids-based Michigan Health Connect, use different information systems that cannot exchange data with providers that select other exchanges. The executive directors of the two HIEs, Carol Parker of Great Lakes...

Michigan Health Connect and Greenway Complete Data Exchange Agreement

Featured September 18, 2012 | businesswire.com | The Motley Fool Michigan Health Connect and Greenway Complete Data Exchange Agreement Platform Provides Connectivity Between Hospitals and Ambulatory Practices GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. & CARROLLTON, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Michigan Health Connect (MHC), Michigan's largest provider of health information exchange, and Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., have announced an agreement to provide large-scale integrated health system data exchange for ambulatory practices and clinics utilizing Greenway's electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution PrimeSUITE®. Michigan physicians using PrimeSUITE can seamlessly exchange information with any participating hospital that feeds data into Michigan Health Connect, providing connectivity of clinical results data instantly and securely. "With Greenway's ability to develop a hub-to-hub connection leading to the growth of participation in the Michigan Health Connect program, patients across the state will benefit from...

U of M Health System partners with IHA, Huron Valley Physicians in information exchange

Featured September 17, 2012 | heritagenews.com | Ann Arbor Journal Two physician groups have joined the University of Michigan Health System in choosing a system to securely access electronic health data, contributing to a regional and national effort to create clinical exchange between health providers. UMHS partners IHA Health Services Corp., an Ann Arbor-based multi-specialty group practice, and Huron Valley Physicians Association have announced they will also join the nonprofit Great Lakes Health Information Exchange. Participation in GLHIE will allow physicians to have secure, real-time access to health and demographic information for new patients, helping prevent medical errors and avoid test duplications. Partner providers will be able to receive data on patients from multiple sources, including different hospitals the patient has visited. Among patient data that will, over time, become available to physicians through...

Southeast Michigan health exchange completes Social Security disability claim project

Featured July 25, 2012 | crainsdetroit.com | Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business The Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange has completed a $3 million contract with the Social Security Administration to develop an electronic disability claim filing service. With some of the best disability insurance guides available to provide information on insurance, it should make, filing a claim a less difficult. Federal stimulus funding has allowed SEMHIE, one of six regional health information exchanges in Michigan that are part of the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, to construct the technology for the exchange, said Robert Jackson, M.D., the exchange's chairman. "This is very exciting for SEMHIE to have achieved," Jackson said in a statement. "We have the foundation to offer more business services of benefit to...

MiHIN establishes HIE in Michigan

Featured May 29, 2012 | ehrintelligence.com | Kyle Murphy, PhD, EHR Intelligence  Exchange of health information occurs at all levels among providers, organizations, and institutions. While the widespread adoption of health information technology (IT) mandated under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) begins with capturing health data, it reaches its climax in the meaningful sharing of health information through health information exchange (HIE). The foundation for national and interstate exchange is currently being built state by state.   Earlier this month, the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) announced that it had gone live with its network. For Executive Director Tim Pletcher, the launch of MiHIN represents a culminating moment for a state typically ahead of the curve. “The MiHIN process kicked off seven years ago where...

Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Health Connect go live with Public Health Reporting through MiHIN

Lansing,  MI, May 8, 2012--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Health Connect, and Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) have activated real-time electronic reporting of public health information to the State of Michigan using the Michigan model of a network of networks. This initiative allows secure, transaction-based routing of child and adult immunization records from Michigan Health Connect hospitals and physicians to the State’s Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) through MiHIN. In addition, Michigan Health Connect members can send electronic lab reports to the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS).   This milestone sets a new standard in Michigan for the automatic feed of health information to State repositories and for Meaningful Use. "Having the MiHIN connected to the Michigan Health Connect is a significant step forward...

Hurley Medical Center’s move to electronic medical records system is part of a national initiative

Featured April 5, 2012 | mlive.com | Sarah Schuch, MLive The days of trying to read a doctor’s handwriting are ending. Patients won’t have to struggle to remember their entire medical history and physicians won’t shuffle through piles of paperwork to learn crucial information about their patients. A month after Epic, an all-electronic medical records system, was implemented at Hurley Medical Center, officials say the system has enabled physicians to more efficiently care for and learn about their patients – an idea that is quickly growing around the state and country. By 2014, the goal nationwide is to have electronic medical records for every patient, including medical history, allergies and any other noteworthy information. The initiative started with the Bush administration in 2004 and was reaffirmed by the Obama administration in 2009 to cut...

MiHIN Announces “Flex Staffing” Request for Proposals for U.S. Businesses

MiHIN seeks vendors for general project support, IT, and data center/hosting services February 21, 2012 08:55 AM Eastern Standard Time EAST LANSING, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today the Michigan Health Information Network (www.mihin.org) announced its Flex Staffing Request For Proposals (RFP) for U.S. businesses to apply to become approved vendors for general project and support, information technology (IT) services, and data center / hosting services. Complete details on this RFP are available at: http://mihinss.net/MiHIN_RFP-2012-001.html.   This procurement allows MiHIN to employ a flexible staffing model to aid in the expanded deployment of its shared services and associated activities related to electronic health data sharing. MiHIN’s “Flex Staffing” pre-approved resources will consist of selected vendors that provide hourly work-for-hire and/or fixed price projects to augment MiHIN full time staff or data center/hosting services...

The Michigan Health Information Network Begins Phase One Implementation with OptumInsight

East Lansing, MI, September 22, 2011 —  Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN), the state designated health information exchange (HIE) for Michigan, today announced engagement of OptumInsight and its Axolotl HIE platform to implement Phase One of the MiHIN Strategic and Operational Plan. “This is a very exciting stage for health information exchange in Michigan. Our state has been a leader in promoting the pervasive distribution of qualified sub-state organizations capable of supporting secure data exchange among emergency departments, hospitals, physician offices, and other health care settings across Michigan’s 83 counties. MiHIN’s work will now create that focal point for integration that ties each of these regional or sub-state efforts together and offers a seamless gateway with the State of Michigan; eventually MiHIN shall function as...

Announcement of the MiHIN Shared Service Sub-state HIE Funding Program

Purpose: The State HIE Cooperative agreement approved by the National Coordinator for HIT related to Program Information Notice (ONC-HIE-PIN-001) calls for funding for Michigan’s qualified sub-state HIEs to thrive, expand and keep costs affordable for providers seeking meaningful use. Milestone Based Payments: Each qualified sub-state HIE will have the opportunity to submit one proposal for funding with a cap of $250,000. Milestones will be used to stage payments. Based on the discretion of the MiHIN Board, a sub-state HIE can apply for a second award upon successful completion of milestones and  subject to funding availability within the budget approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (“ONC”) for sub-state HIEs. Eligibility: A qualified sub-state HIE is considered eligible if it can demonstrate that it is...