Currently, there are several Health Information Exchanges in Michigan (known as sub-state HIEs, or Exchanges) that are connected to the MiHIN backbone. These sub-state HIEs are generally regionally focused, and work with the health care providers in their regions to implement systems for electronically exchanging health information.
MiHIN is also working with the official HIE organizations from other states along with federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to promote the secure exchange of health information across state lines via The Sequoia Project (formerly known as the eHealth Exchange and Nationwide Health Information Network), to support claims and cases where someone who moves or is traveling needs health care in a different state.
Benefits of an HIE
Your patients will benefit from secure health information exchange in multiple ways, but the ultimate goal of HIE is to make the process easier and more efficient for everyone, including help for providers to detangle the web involved in providing health care.
Specific benefits you will see as a provider:
* Better patient information
* Less guesswork
* Lowered costs and time to find, transmit, and use information
* Improved patient safety & outcomes
* Fewer adverse events
* Automated alerts when consenting patients receive care from other providers
* Reduced unnecessary utilization
* Reduced total admissions
* Shortened time in the hospital
* Fewer duplicate diagnostic tests