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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...

Michigan HIE Bright Spots: One Doctor’s Experience

Featured February 22, 2013 | | Brett Andriesen, ONC Dr. Brian McCardel has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Lansing, MI, for more than 20 years.  As both a physician and a son with caregiving duties for his parents, McCardel has witnessed how health care efficiency can reduce the frustration patients and their families feel when navigating today’s healthcare system. In a recent discussion with ONC, McCardel described his parents’ reaction to a follow-up appointment for a CT scan of his father’s sinuses. When they arrived at the doctor’s office, they were surprised to learn the doctor was unaware of the reason for their visit. Consequently, his parents had to wait in the exam room for the doctor to both request and then review the results of the...