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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...

Blue Cross Blue Shield becomes Qualified Organization with MiHIN

East Lansing, MI, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) is now a part of Michigan's electronic sharing of health information through the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN).  MiHIN Executive Director Tim Pletcher said, "BCBSM's leadership as the first health plan to become a qualified data sharing organization (QO) demonstrates their commitment to improving the quality of care for their members.  BCBSM is helping pioneer the next phase of health information exchange in Michigan.  With the inclusion of health plans in Michigan's statewide network, the opportunities for better care coordination rapidly accelerate." By entering into MiHIN's legal umbrella for secure and private electronic Health Information Exchange (HIE), BCBSM joins a dynamic group of organizations already participating in electronic health information...

Better Health Care Through APIs

Featured March 3, 2013 | cioinsight.com | Tony Kontzer, CIO Insight Critical data-integration technology is helping health care providers in Michigan get patient information to doctors when and where they need it. One of the major obstacles to the effective electronic exchange of patient data is that most doctors are moving targets. They are affiliated with numerous organizations and practice in a lot of different settings. In other words, good luck getting a message to them in the right place at the right time. "You can't just deliver information to them in one spot," says Tim Pletcher, executive director of the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN). "You have to understand the medical context and deliver to them where needed." It was with that conundrum in mind that the state of Michigan joined forces...