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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...

Michigan Health Information Network Adds Board Members

Featured May 1, 2015 | dbusiness.com | DBusiness EAST LANSING —The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services has expanded its board of directors with the addition of five new members. The new members are: Jim Lee representing the Michigan Health and Hospital Association; Pat Rinvelt representing the Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission; Dr. Arthur Ronan representing the Michigan State Medical Society; Sue Schade representing Great Lakes Health Connect; and Dr. Taylor Scott representing the Michigan Osteopathic Association. The new directors will contribute to the overall guidance and strategy of Michigan’s statewide initiative to improve health care delivery and foster payment reform through better access to electronic health information. Lee, of Okemos, serves as the vice president for Data Policy and Development, responsible for data collection and development of the Michigan inpatient and...