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MiHIN Director reviews HIE security protocols, agreements

Featured July 8, 2014 | healthitsecurity.com | Patrick Ouellette, HealthITSecurity.com Seeing as how Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) considers itself a network of networks and doesn’t really see itself a traditional health information exchange (HIE), it follows that it would take data security quite seriously. MiHIN Executive Director Tim Pletcher told HealthITSecurity.com that MiHIN is the single point of entry into the state of Michigan for all the data that goes into the HIEs for meaningful use, as organizations give their data to MiHIN and it gives the data to the state. Pletcher explains in this one-on-one how MiHIN views secure data exchange in the context of having multiple levels of connectivity. How does MiHIN connect with other HIEs? The first level is legal connectivity, which poses questions such...

Health Information Technology Leaders Convene in Lansing This Week

Connecting Michigan for Health 2014 to be held June 4-6 at Radisson Hotel Lansing, MI, June 2, 2014 – Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) invites attendees to join thought leaders from across the state and around the nation at Connecting Michigan for Health 2014, a conference dedicated to advancing the exchange of health information in Michigan. Connecting Michigan for Health 2014 takes place this week, June 4-6, at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is opening the conference, discussing Michigan’s success in helping guide an industry that was historically based on paper and fax into the modern era of digital medical records and electronic health information sharing. Michigan has become one of the leading states in the national drive to implement secure,...

Meridian Health Plan Becomes Qualified Data Sharing Organization

Michigan’s Statewide Health Information Sharing Capabilities Expand with Meridian Health Plan Increasing Payer Participation EAST LANSING, Mich., March 6, 2014 — Meridian Health Plan, the largest Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) in the State of Michigan, announced today that Meridian has joined Michigan’s collective effort to enable secure, electronic sharing of health information as a new Qualified Data Sharing Organization (QO) with MiHIN, the state-designated entity for the exchange of health information statewide in Michigan. Meridian is the fourth health plan in Michigan to achieve this status with MiHIN. Becoming a QO enables Meridian to securely, electronically share and receive patient data with health care providers, hospitals, and public health agencies. Coordinated care data provided electronically at the point of care gives doctors on a patient’s care...

Care Team Connect Launches Integration to Michigan Health Information Network

GRAND RAPIDS — Officials with Evanston, Ill.-based Care Team Connect announced the completion of their integration into the Grand Rapids-based Michigan Health Information Network, the state’s initiative to improve health care quality, cost, efficiency and patient safety through electronic exchange of health information. Care managers for patients participating in the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project and under the care of CareBridge physician practices are receiving real-time notifications of admissions, discharges and transfer from Grand Rapids-area hospitals. During this initial launch, Care Team Connect will provide real time updates and alerts for 25,000 of the 120,000 MiPCT patients across the state of Michigan for whom CareBridge is ultimately responsible for managing and coordinating the care. “The MiHIN funded admission, discharge, transfer pilot has entered full production, allowing practices to assess the value...

New statewide notification network to improve care by sharing patient data

Featured December 12, 2013 | mibluesperspectives.com | MI Blues Perspectives New statewide notification network to improve care by sharing patient data In an ideal health care system where patient care is paramount, your primary care doctor would always be notified when you’re admitted to a hospital. Trouble is, they’re not. But a new system that BCBSM is supporting provides doctors access to a daily electronic report alerting them when their patients are admitted or visit the emergency room at any Michigan hospital. Under the admission, discharge, transfer and emergency room visit notification service, a primary care team receives electronic notification when one of its patients is admitted to a hospital or visits an ER, even if the doctor is not affiliated with the hospital. Blue Cross is also encouraging hospitals to transmit data...

IOD Incorporated Agrees to Work with Social Security Administration Using MiHIN

IOD Incorporated agrees to work with the Social Security Administration using the Michigan Health Information Network Gateway via Nationwide eHealth Exchange operated by HealtheWay Streamlined process holds potential to save time in claims review Green Bay, WI and East Lansing, MI, November 13, 2013 – Leading health information management company IOD Incorporated and the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) today announced a plan under which MiHIN will electronically receive requests and submit medical records to the Social Security Administration (SSA) through MiHIN’s state-of-the-art CONNECT 4.2 uplink via the national eHealth Exchange operated by HealtheWay. The agreement joins the powerful technology of two companies working to significantly reduce paperwork throughout the healthcare system, from individual providers to hospitals and government organizations. “Social Security handles a large volume of paperwork received from...

MiHIN Joins eHealth Exchange

Featured November 5, 2013 | informationweek.com | Ken Terry, Information Week Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services becomes first state-designated entity to join the national network after meeting new set of testing criteria for "plug and play" interoperability. Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services, a "network of networks" that encompasses Michigan's seven regional health information organizations (HIEs), state agencies, and some health plans, has joined the national eHealth Exchange after undergoing rigorous testing. Joining the eHealth Exchange -- the successor to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) -- will enable MiHIN's participants to exchange health information with federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Social Security Agency (SSA), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as with other healthcare organizations and...

Mich. Health Information Network to Share Info With Federal Agencies, Six Other States

Featured November 5, 2013 | crainsdetroit.com | Jay Greene, Crain’s Detroit Business East Lansing-based Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services has signed an agreement with McLean, Va.-based Healtheway Inc. to securely share patient care information with federal agencies and six other states on the national eHealth Exchange network. Michigan's six health information networks, including the state's two largest — Grand Rapids-based Michigan Health Connect and East Lansing-based Great Lakes Health Information Exchange — are expected to participate in the national network, said Tim Pletcher, executive director of MiHIN. The two HIEs represent more than 3,000 physician provider offices and 96 of the state's approximate 117 hospitals, including the University of Michigan Health System, Trinity Health, Botsford Hospital, McLaren Healthcare, Beaumont Health System and St. John Providence Health System. Detroit-based Southeast Michigan...

MiHIN Completes Onboarding to eHealth Exchange

MiHIN becomes one of the first health information networks to onboard under new testing process working in collaboration with PCE Systems EAST LANSING, Mich., November 5, 2013 – The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) today announced completion of the onboarding process with Healtheway to the eHealth Exchange, opening a path for any Michigan qualified data sharing organization to securely share electronic healthcare information with participants in the nationwide eHealth Exchange network, including the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and other states. The eHealth Exchange is a group of organizations operating together to improve patient care, streamline disability benefit claims, and improve population health. The group accomplishes these goals through the secure, trusted exchange of health information – matching patients to their data...

Michigan Health Info Exchange Sets Two National Milestones

Featured November 4, 2013 | detroit.cbslocal.com | Matt Roush, CBS Detroit EAST LANSING (WWJ) — It just got easier to talk health information to the Michigan Health Information Network. MiHIN has become the first state designated health information exchange to complete “onboarding” by Healtheway Inc., a non-profit in McLean, Va. that supports the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of exchange partners that securely share information under a common trust framework and a common set of rules. Participants in the eHealth Exchange include the Social Security Administration, the Veterans Health Administration and other states. The eHealth Exchange is a group of organizations operating together to improve patient care, streamline disability benefit claims, and improve population health. The group accomplishes these goals through the secure, trusted exchange of health information — matching...