A health information exchange is an organization that helps doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers electronically share information about a patient, so they can take better care of the patient. Sometimes the phrase “health information exchange” is used as a verb that describes the process of sharing health information, and sometimes the phrase is used as a noun to describe organizations that help make the process happen.
In Michigan, there are thirteen health information exchanges connected to Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN), each working to make easier access to healthcare information a reality. These exchanges work directly with hospitals, doctors, physician organizations and other healthcare providers to improve communication regarding a patient’s care.
The health information exchanges currently connected to MiHIN include: