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.
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...
Featured January 16, 2018 | Michigan Medicine Headlines
Michigan Medicine will receive approximately $2.5 million for completing a statewide incentive program to improve patient safety, enhance data integrity and reduce workflow. The program, known as Common Key Service (CKS), provides a consistent and reliable way to match patients with their electronic health data across multiple health care settings by assigning a unique identifier for every patient in the state of Michigan.
“If you are on vacation, you can access your bank account fairly easily from any computer. However, if you are on vacation and need to go to the hospital, it’s much more difficult to access your health record,” said Myron Hepner, senior director for Health Information Technology & Services. “Health systems use different computer systems and nomenclature which significantly...