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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...

Michigan Health Information Network’s Patient Matching Strategy Improves Electronic Information Sharing

Marina del Rey, CA—August 15, 2018 — 4medica announced today that its master patient index (MPI) technology is being used by the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) to make sure incoming patient data is accurately and swiftly matched to the right patient record, helping to ensure the correct healthcare providers are receiving information about their patients that is exchanged through the statewide network. MiHIN uses the 4medica Big Data MPI along with a private patient attribute or “common key” that links individuals and their health information across systems and organizations. The combined solution enables MiHIN to match patient identities in real time. This is crucial, as MiHIN coordinates and bridges communication between providers throughout the state, a volume of transactions that numbers in the tens...

4medica Customers Headed to Washington to Advise Nation’s Health Leaders on Patient Identity Matching

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 4medica announced today that two of the company's patient identity matching customers will be featured session speakers at the upcoming 2018 ONC Interoperability Forum in Washington, D.C., August 6—8. Hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the forum attracts the nation's health technology leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Over the course of the forum, these leaders will discuss and formulate solutions to achieving true health data interoperability. Patient identity matching is a critical component of this objective, yet has been a struggle for many healthcare organizations in the absence of a national patient ID. With this persistent challenge as the backdrop, The Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) and New Jersey Innovation Institute...