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Health IT

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 conference will cover everything from the basics all the way up to the most complicated points in cybersecurity and IT development such as medical device security and hacking vulnerabilities in the healthcare industry. If you attend, it will be expected that you have a sound knowledge of IoT but you're not expected to understand all of the topics covered. At a minimum, it might prompt you to reach out to an agency like Five Nines and see how you can outsource your...

ONC, CMS to Take Part in Provider Data Accuracy Alliance

ONC, CMS and others will spend the summer of 2017 developing a roadmap to improve provider data accuracy.  Featured June 15, 2017 | EHRintelligence.com| EHR Intelligence  A multi-stakeholder alliance convened by CAQH will meet to discuss and develop a roadmap for improving provider data accuracy throughout the summer of 2017. Accurate provider information improves the efficiency of various fundamental processes in healthcare ranging from paying claims to procuring provider directories. The Provider Data Action Alliance comprises representatives from provider organizations, health information exchanges (HIEs), federal agencies, and health systems. The group has attracted the likes of ONC, CMS, and Surescripts in particular. According to CAQH, investments in provider data aggregation and management in the healthcare industry total over $2 billion a year. However, inaccurate information is still common. A CMS report released in 2017 determined...

Health Information Exchange Focus of Patient Matching Event

August 14, 2015 | ehrintelligence.com | Sara Heath, EHR Intelligence As the healthcare industry grows increasingly complex, so does the process of linking patient data across various healthcare providers. Known as patient matching, this process has made health information exchange (HIE) very cumbersome and prompted initiatives to come up with better solutions. As a part of those initiatives, the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will be holding the HIMSS Patient Matching Testing Event, according to a recent press release. The event will be held on August 14 at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland. This first-of-its-kind event utilizes the partnership between HIMSS, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) through their two-year...

MiHIN (Michigan Health Information Network) Conference Recap

Featured July 1, 2015 | Healthnumeric.com | Jensie Simkins, Health Numeric Health Numeric attended the Michigan Health Information Network’s (MiHIN) conference in East Lansing on June 3-5th. The event had roughly 400 attendees and was their most successful event to date. The conference is “designed as a forum for healthcare thought leaders to share their perspectives on the current state and the future state of Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) with peers and colleagues, to support the healthcare transformations underway in Michigan.” The 3-day event had a variety of presentations and speakers, ranging from prominent people in the healthcare field to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder—who gave the conference opening remarks. He spoke about Healthy Michigan and how that is made possible by many of the organization present at the...

Michigan’s wasteful mental health system needs reform

Featured June 30, 2015 | freep.com | Vikram Reddy, Detroit Free Press I stared at the Excel sheet and looked at the first person on the list. She was in her mid-40s, single, white and had been to the emergency room over 38 times in one year. As the medical director for quality at a community hospital in Metro Detroit, I and several members of our staff met with our local community mental health agency to figure out how many of our Medicaid patients were both high utilizers of our emergency room and had a behavioral health diagnosis. I reviewed the medical record of Ms. X, the woman at the top of the list. Her chief complaints varied from headaches to back pain to abdominal pain. She was...

Welcome to our Newest CommonWell General Members

Featured June 23, 2015 | commonwellalliance.org | Nick Knowlton, CommonWell Health Alliance I am excited to announce our latest membership additions. This month, we continue to build upon our strong representation from the wonderful health IT vendors market, and we begin to expand our membership to incorporate new healthcare stakeholders outside of the vendor community. We have four new General Members. Two are strong IT companies – Caremerge and T-System, who help providers care for patients by coordinating senior care and enabling urgent/emergent care, respectively. Caremerge Caremerge forges meaningful connections between providers, payers, families and seniors seeking to improve communication in today’s complex healthcare environment. With a revolutionary, easy-to-use cloud-based coordination platform, Caremerge keeps the entire care team informed through an intuitive interface that enables real-time staff interaction, provides families with peace of...

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...

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...

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...