Providing timely and accurate information to public health agencies is vital to protect public safety. Current threats and trends call for real-time reporting directly from providers and hospitals to public health agencies that perform surveillance and monitoring activities to keep the population safe.
Connecting to a health information exchange allows providers to simplify public health reporting to the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, the Michigan Disease Surveillance System, and the Michigan Syndromic Surveillance System.
Building a Solution
Working with the state of Michigan and Michigan’s network of qualified Health Information Exchanges, MiHIN has developed a robust infrastructure to support statewide and interstate electronic submission of public health data (e.g. immunizations, reportable labs, disease surveillance) across current information technology architectures for compliance with Meaningful Use requirements.
MiHIN is enabling two ways for providers to feed information to public health systems.
First, hospitals and doctors must connect their electronic health record systems to a qualified Health Information Exchange. Then, when a patient’s information is entered into the electronic health record it is automatically routed through the statewide network to the appropriate agency. Alternately, public health information can be sent to the State of Michigan via a Direct message, a secure email system designed specifically for exchanging health information. These services reduce the burden of public health reporting on providers, and supplies public health agencies with real-time data.
MiHIN’s public health reporting function went live in May of 2012, and has performed reliably since entering production.
MCIR helps healthcare facilities manage vaccine supplies, assist in pandemic flu and emergency preparedness, and support links to other existing child health databases. By consolidating immunization information from multiple providers, MCIR reduces vaccine-preventable diseases, over-vaccination, and allows providers to see up-to-date patient immunization history.
MDSS is the communicable disease reporting system for the state of Michigan that helps public health officials identify outbreaks of diseases such as the flu and meningitis. In addition, MDSS facilitates coordination among public health agencies, provides secure analysis of communicable disease surveillance information, and addresses needs of traditional disease surveillance.
The MSSS is a real-time surveillance system that tracks the chief presenting complaints from emergent care settings, allowing public health officials and providers to monitor trends and investigate unusual increases in symptom presentations.
To find out more about Michigan’s public health agencies, click here.