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Dr. Thomas Simmer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Joins MiHIN Board of Directors

East Lansing, MI, September 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) announced that Dr. Thomas L. Simmer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has joined the MiHIN Board of Directors, adding decades of proactive physician leadership experience to the statewide initiative to improve healthcare through electronic health information exchange. "MiHIN welcomes Dr. Simmer as a member of our Board," said MiHIN Chairman of the Board Larry Wagenknecht. "He has a strong history of initiating and implementing quality care programs that align ideally with the MiHIN mission. Tom's statewide leadership is a great addition to MiHIN and will help provide further physician direction as we continue working toward our goal of better healthcare for the residents of Michigan." Simmer brings many years of...

Health Alliance Plan Joins MiHIN

Featured September 16, 2013 | prweb.com | Health Alliance Plan Health Alliance Plan (HAP), the state’s second largest health insurer, announced it is now a qualified data sharing organization with the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN). The network is the official state-designated entity for electronic health information exchange in Michigan. The addition of HAP to the MiHIN network demonstrates the continued steady, positive growth Michigan is making towards a comprehensive shared network to improve communication across the health care spectrum statewide. “HAP believes unnecessary paperwork and fragmented health care Information Technology systems that are unable to communicate with each other are hazardous to our health and contribute to rising medical costs,” said Christopher Pike HAP Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Most patients interact with many different medical providers as...

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...

Michigan Blues Join State Health Data Network

Featured March 28, 2013 | ModernHealthcare.com | Joseph Conn Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, the state's administrator of federal health information exchange grant funding under the stimulus law, has announced that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has become the first health plan in the state to join as a qualified data-sharing organization. “Ensuring that providers have the information they need at the point of care and proactively preventing problems before they happen is essential for good care coordination,” said Robert Milewski, a MiHIN director and senior vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, in a news release. “Officially joining the MiHIN data sharing community is a big step in Michigan becoming a connected-for-health state." The Michigan not-for-profit organization known as MiHIN was founded in December...