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Health Information exchanges in Michigan

Featured August 17, 2014 | | Jay Greene, Crain’s Detroit Business A health information exchange is a nonprofit organization intended to help hospitals and physicians exchange patient information in a secure electronic format. Data include electronic messages, laboratory, pharmacy and imaging data along with documentation of care and admission discharge and transfer information, or ADT. Michigan's foray into health information exchanges began in 2006 under Gov. Jennifer Granholm and with several million dollars of federal funding. Initially, nine health information exchanges were created in Michigan to allow competing medical providers to share patient information instantly in a secure format and to encourage the exchanges to experiment and grow within their regions. Over time, some exchanges closed and others have merged, leaving six operational HIEs in Michigan. Last month, two of the...