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How streamlined data exchange in Michigan provided a boost to population health

The road to national healthcare interoperability is long. While the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT finalizes the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, some states are venturing out on their own. Case in point: Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)...

MiHIN, openAirWare Team Up to Create New Ways to Provide Direct Secure Messaging for Healthcare Partners

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 8, 2018 ― Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) has enhanced the secure transmission of healthcare communications using Direct Secure Messaging with openAirWare LLC. In early 2018, MiHIN became a fully accredited health information service provider through openAirWare and now has the ability for providers and patients to exchange protected health information through MiHIN’s service, Diretto. Diretto enables patients, providers, specialists, health plans, pharmacists, hospital, and others to securely send and receive protected health information. It also satisfies Meaningful Use criteria and allows information to be exchanged within the user’s region, state or nationally. ‘We were looking for a partner to implement strict standards, but also be able to manage the solution,” said Marty Woodruff, MiHIN associate executive director. “openAirWare exceeded our expectations in...

Improving Healthcare, Patient Safety in Michigan with Information Technology

Improving Healthcare, Patient Safety in Michigan with Information Technology Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Proclaims October 8-12 as Health IT Week LANSING, Mich., October 3, 2018 — In today’s technologically advanced world, electronic health information has become a critical partner for providing optimal care. Sharing patient information in real-time helps healthcare providers coordinate care and gives easy access to the facts needed to give the best treatment. Electronic health information is saving lives. To recognize the importance of health information technology (IT), Governor Rick Snyder has declared the week of October 8 as Health IT Week in Michigan. You can read the official proclamation here: https://mihin.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Health-IT-Week-in-Michigan.pdf Health IT Week is being recognized in Michigan as part of U.S. National Health IT Week, "a nationwide awareness week focused on catalyzing actionable...

Patient Matching Transformed at Michigan HIN with Master Patient Index & Common Key

This case study looks at a health information network that has gone from zero uniquely identified patients to 7.6 million – and nearly all major health systems statewide are set to participate in its Common Key Service. By Bill Siwicki HealthcareITNews, October 01, 2018, 08:00 AM Real-time, actionable health information exchange requires an accurate, reliable approach to matching patients with their electronic health records across different organizations and information systems. The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services needed to ensure its patient-matching capabilities were as accurate as possible. PROPOSAL Michigan's approach was to create a unique system-to-system attribute – not human-readable – called a "common key" that its participating stakeholders could include in messages to ensure dependable, inter-organizational patient-matching. In Michigan, the health information network model is designed to encourage both...

MiHIN Puts the Care Back into Healthcare with Salesforce

Improving healthcare and reducing costs is on everyone’s minds these days. But how? Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) is building connections between every healthcare provider in the state to help doctors better understand patient needs. The agency uses Salesforce to make it easier for the state’s healthcare professionals to get the information they need when they need it to eliminate inefficiencies and improve care. “Almost 90 percent of the $7.2 billion in medications dispensed in Michigan each year have unintended consequences — ranging adverse side effects, to symptoms that require re-admission, to nothing at all,” explains Tim Pletcher, Executive Director. “Not only is it inefficient when prescriptions don’t work as intended, but it’s inconvenient and unsafe for patients. Care coordination — the kind facilitated by our...