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Michigan Pushes Further into Statewide Secure Health Information Sharing

TROY and EAST LANSING, Michigan, October 7, 2014 – Molina Healthcare, Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Molina Healthcare of Michigan, Inc., has joined Michigan's efforts to improve health care statewide through electronic data sharing as the newest Qualified Data Sharing Organization (QO) with the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN). The move will provide access to the benefits of secure electronic data sharing for the hundreds of thousands of patients and providers under the Molina umbrella, including thousands of low- income families in Michigan who depend on Medicaid for their well-being. Molina Healthcare's first information sharing collaboration within Michigan will involve MiHIN's Statewide Admit, Discharge, Transfer (ADT) Notification service. By participating in the statewide ADT service – which is a legally and technically secure means to...

Health Information exchanges in Michigan

Featured August 17, 2014 | crainsdetroit.com | Jay Greene, Crain’s Detroit Business A health information exchange is a nonprofit organization intended to help hospitals and physicians exchange patient information in a secure electronic format. Data include electronic messages, laboratory, pharmacy and imaging data along with documentation of care and admission discharge and transfer information, or ADT. Michigan's foray into health information exchanges began in 2006 under Gov. Jennifer Granholm and with several million dollars of federal funding. Initially, nine health information exchanges were created in Michigan to allow competing medical providers to share patient information instantly in a secure format and to encourage the exchanges to experiment and grow within their regions. Over time, some exchanges closed and others have merged, leaving six operational HIEs in Michigan. Last month, two of the...

Electronic data system points to a future of managing health, reducing costs, improving quality

Featured August 17, 2014 | crainsdetroit.com | Jay Greene, Crain’s Detroit Business The health care and business communities in Michigan may be on the cusp of realizing the ultimate benefit of the free flow of online medical electronic data: Managing the health of patients as they move through the health care delivery system across the state and multiple care providers. As Michigan's six health information exchanges continue to tailor their individual business plans for customers — typically, hospitals, physicians and health insurers — HIEs are moving closer to using clinical patient data to analyze population health, improve care coordination and more effectively identify patient risks for readmissions. Meeting these goals is important to providers because they ultimately can help reduce individual premiums and cut employer health benefit costs, said Tim...

Silverline Helps Michigan Health Information Network Put the Care Back Into Healthcare With Salesforce

Featured August 5, 2014 | Silverlinecrm.com | Kathleen Ferrie, Silverline Improving healthcare and reducing costs is on everyone’s minds these days. But how? Learn how MiHIN made it easier for the state’s healthcare professionals to get the information they need when they need it to eliminate inefficiencies and improve care. The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is Michigan’s initiative to continuously improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by promoting secure, electronic exchange of health information through the MiHIN Health Information Services Cloud™ (HISC). 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. CHALLENGES MiHIN builds connections between every healthcare provider in the state to help doctors better understand patient needs. They were looking for a modern solution to support this data, built quickly and efficiently, that was scalable...

Tom Lauzon Joins MiHIN Board of Directors

EAST LANSING, Mich., July 17, 2014 -- The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is pleased to announce the addition of Tom Lauzon of Meridian Health Plan of Michigan to the MiHIN Board of Directors. Mr. Lauzon brings his expertise as a five-time CIO 100 award-winner to assist MiHIN’s statewide initiative to improve healthcare through electronic health information sharing. "MiHIN welcomes Mr. Lauzon as a member of our Board,” said MiHIN Chairman Larry Wagenknecht. “He has a strong history of building innovative technology to improve healthcare for both patients and providers, which perfectly aligns with the MiHIN mission. Tom Lauzon’s expertise will help further our efforts as we continue working toward our goal of implementing better healthcare for the residents of Michigan." Mr. Lauzon brings years...

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...