Health Directory Use Case

The Health Directory  is built on a highly-scalable, secure environment that supports numerous MiHIN use cases.  It is considered a core  infrastructure component to enable efficient statewide exchange of health information.

The message content for this use case is defined as Health Provider Information, or a query containing a subset of Health Provider Information seeking more complete Health Provider Information. For this use case’s implementation, message content means healthcare provider and healthcare organization data.

About this Use Case

Traditionally there has been no standard way to manage and find information on health professionals such as name, address, specialty, contact information, organization affiliations, and electronic addresses for exchanging health information. This challenge has hindered the promise of electronic health records to improve the efficiency and quality of patient care.

But new models of care require health professionals to be able to send, receive, find, and use health information electronically and securely. To efficiently manage these activities, organizations must know where health professionals would like information on their patients to be sent, and how health professionals would like to receive the information (i.e. via what transport method and message type).

MiHIN’s Health Directory offers an easily-accessible, active solution to efficiently import, reconcile and manage health professional information and to allow users to quickly find and contact providers and care team members. The directory’s flexible, dynamic design easily supports the complex network of affiliations and organizational relationships in modern healthcare.

For organizations to share data with MiHIN under this use case, the organization undergoes two on-boarding processes simultaneously. The two on-boarding processes are legal on-boarding and technical connectivity on-boarding. These may occur in parallel – i.e., the organization can review and complete legal agreements with MiHIN while simultaneously establishing and testing technical connectivity.

To participate in the Health Directory use case and initiate these two parallel on-boarding processes, please contact us.