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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...

MiHIN, DigiCert and Nitor Group Facilitate Secure Sharing of Interstate Health Records

Featured March 5, 2013 | digicert.com | Jeff Chandler, DigiCert, Inc. Project supports MiHIN’s initiative to help improve healthcare quality and affordability for Michigan residents through fast, secure electronic exchange of health information; serves as model for other states EAST LANSING, MI (March 5, 2013) — Today the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services announced an agreement with leading high-assurance digital certificate provider DigiCert and health information services provider (HISP) Nitor Group to use DigiCert’s federally bridged certificates for secure interstate sharing of electronic health information. This project, one of the first of its kind in the U.S., supports MiHIN’s mission to improve healthcare outcomes for Michigan residents by providing trusted means by which patients, providers and insurers can securely exchange private medical records across state boundaries. The announcement...

Michigan HIE Bright Spots: One Doctor’s Experience

Featured February 22, 2013 | healthit.gov | 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...