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Health Innovation

openAirWare Launches New Software to Improve Michigan Health Information Exchange

openAirWare Launches New Software to Improve Michigan Health Information Exchange  Automated, Real-Time, Health Plan Communication Claims Conversions LANSING, Mich., Oct. 15, 2018 ― Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) has adopted openAirWare software that enables MiHIN health plan partners to securely and easily communicate with one another throughout Michigan. The software offers a newly designed real-time conversion from any Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) to standards accepted by the American National Standards Institute for electronic data exchange. This enables health plans to obtain up-to-date claim status and related responses, including All Payer Supplemental Health Care Claims. The software also allows for core information from the C-CDA to be studied in conjunction with the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). HEDIS is a tool used by health...

How streamlined data exchange in Michigan provided a boost to population health

The road to national healthcare interoperability is long. While the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT finalizes the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, some states are venturing out on their own. Case in point: Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)...

MiHIN Puts the Care Back into Healthcare with Salesforce

Improving healthcare and reducing costs is on everyone’s minds these days. But how? Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) is building connections between every healthcare provider in the state to help doctors better understand patient needs. The agency uses Salesforce to make it easier for the state’s healthcare professionals to get the information they need when they need it to eliminate inefficiencies and improve care. “Almost 90 percent of the $7.2 billion in medications dispensed in Michigan each year have unintended consequences — ranging adverse side effects, to symptoms that require re-admission, to nothing at all,” explains Tim Pletcher, Executive Director. “Not only is it inefficient when prescriptions don’t work as intended, but it’s inconvenient and unsafe for patients. Care coordination — the kind facilitated by our...

Michigan Health Information Network’s Patient Matching Strategy Improves Electronic Information Sharing

Marina del Rey, CA—August 15, 2018 — 4medica announced today that its master patient index (MPI) technology is being used by the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) to make sure incoming patient data is accurately and swiftly matched to the right patient record, helping to ensure the correct healthcare providers are receiving information about their patients that is exchanged through the statewide network. MiHIN uses the 4medica Big Data MPI along with a private patient attribute or “common key” that links individuals and their health information across systems and organizations. The combined solution enables MiHIN to match patient identities in real time. This is crucial, as MiHIN coordinates and bridges communication between providers throughout the state, a volume of transactions that numbers in the tens...

With TEFCA Looming, HIE Leaders Discuss Changing Business Models

Regional health information exchanges are not an endangered species. That was the message from a panel of HIE leaders at the 2018 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit in Baltimore last week. Panel moderator Carol Robinson, a principal at Portland, Ore.-based consulting firm CedarBridge Group LLC and former State Health IT coordinator in Oregon, asked the leaders for their impressions of the “elephant in the room” — the potential impact of the draft TEFCA (Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement) proposal, as well as a host of other topics. Michael Matthews, who serves as both chief strategy officer for CedarBridge and president and board chair of The Sequoia Project, said he was heartened by the fact that the TEFCA framework plans to build on existing initiatives,...

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WMU to host conference on health IT innovation and cybersecurity

Featured October 10, 2017 | wmich.edu KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Government, industry and academic leaders in health information technology and cybersecurity will headline a conference focused on "Exploring Health IT Innovation and Cybersecurity in the Digital Era" at Western Michigan University Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2-3. The joint Western Michigan IT Forum and International Conference on Health IT Advancement will be held at WMU's Fetzer Center with sessions for industry, academic and student participants. The event is open to the public. Registration is $175 for general admission and free for WMU employees and students. Registration includes an evening reception on Thursday and a continental breakfast and lunch on Friday. The event is hosted by WMU's Department of Business Information Systems and the Center for Health Information Technology Advancement. KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS Dr. Joe Adams is the vice president of...

Biggest obstacles to patient-centered care? Coordination and quality measurement

Michigan Health Information Network executive director Tim Pletcher says that effectively linking patients to providers starts with a dynamic health directory.  Featured January 16, 2017 | healthcareitnews.com| John Andrews, Healthcare IT News A new model of healthcare means provider organizations need to mobilize and marshal their resources to develop a coordinated, more efficient process of care, according to Tim Pletcher, executive director of the Michigan Health Information Network. Effective patient-centered care requires a clear understanding of which doctors, organizations and other care providers are actively involved in a person’s care, he added, and new approaches to care such as precision medicine further heighten the need for an effective process to link, or attribute, patients to providers, Pletcher said. “The biggest challenge right now is that care coordination, performance measurement and quality measurement are...

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...

Michigan Health Information Network Harnesses Salesforce.com

Featured September 5, 2013 | informationweek.com | David F. Carr, Information Week Health information exchange builds network faster by developing software in the cloud, tapping Salesforce.com's APIs and relationship management components. The leaders of the Michigan nonprofit charged with coordinating the online exchange of health records say they have made much faster progress than before by relying on Salesforce.com to provide a foundation of cloud software and servers. "For us, the Force.com platform started one of fastest ways to get the health provider directory up and demonstrable," said Tim Pletcher, executive director of the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services(MiHIN). "Once we did that, we realized this wasn't just the environment to get a fast prototype or demo working -- this was the environment to run it on." MiHIN is part...

Michigan One of Ten States Beginning to Implement Disaster Response Health Information Exchange

Ten state HIE programs have established infrastructure for secure exchange of health information As part of an effort to help make sure their residents’ health information is available after a hurricane or other wide-spread disaster, four Gulf states have partnered with six states in the East and Midwest to help patients and providers access critical health information when they are unable to visit their regular doctors or hospitals. Working with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), health information exchange (HIE) programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia today announced their partnership to allow for the exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from...