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MiHIN, openAirWare Team Up to Create New Ways to Provide Direct Secure Messaging for Healthcare Partners

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 8, 2018 ― Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) has enhanced the secure transmission of healthcare communications using Direct Secure Messaging with openAirWare LLC. In early 2018, MiHIN became a fully accredited health information service provider through openAirWare and now has the ability for providers and patients to exchange protected health information through MiHIN’s service, Diretto. Diretto enables patients, providers, specialists, health plans, pharmacists, hospital, and others to securely send and receive protected health information. It also satisfies Meaningful Use criteria and allows information to be exchanged within the user’s region, state or nationally. ‘We were looking for a partner to implement strict standards, but also be able to manage the solution,” said Marty Woodruff, MiHIN associate executive director. “openAirWare exceeded our expectations in...

Improving Healthcare, Patient Safety in Michigan with Information Technology

Improving Healthcare, Patient Safety in Michigan with Information Technology Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Proclaims October 8-12 as Health IT Week LANSING, Mich., October 3, 2018 — In today’s technologically advanced world, electronic health information has become a critical partner for providing optimal care. Sharing patient information in real-time helps healthcare providers coordinate care and gives easy access to the facts needed to give the best treatment. Electronic health information is saving lives. To recognize the importance of health information technology (IT), Governor Rick Snyder has declared the week of October 8 as Health IT Week in Michigan. You can read the official proclamation here: https://mihin.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Health-IT-Week-in-Michigan.pdf Health IT Week is being recognized in Michigan as part of U.S. National Health IT Week, "a nationwide awareness week focused on catalyzing actionable...

Patient Matching Transformed at Michigan HIN with Master Patient Index & Common Key

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. PROPOSAL 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...

MiHIN Puts the Care Back into Healthcare with Salesforce

Improving healthcare and reducing costs is on everyone’s minds these days. But how? Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) is building connections between every healthcare provider in the state to help doctors better understand patient needs. The agency uses Salesforce to make it easier for the state’s healthcare professionals to get the information they need when they need it to eliminate inefficiencies and improve care. “Almost 90 percent of the $7.2 billion in medications dispensed in Michigan each year have unintended consequences — ranging adverse side effects, to symptoms that require re-admission, to nothing at all,” explains Tim Pletcher, Executive Director. “Not only is it inefficient when prescriptions don’t work as intended, but it’s inconvenient and unsafe for patients. Care coordination — the kind facilitated by our...

Michigan Health Information Network’s Patient Matching Strategy Improves Electronic Information Sharing

Marina del Rey, CA—August 15, 2018 — 4medica announced today that its master patient index (MPI) technology is being used by the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) to make sure incoming patient data is accurately and swiftly matched to the right patient record, helping to ensure the correct healthcare providers are receiving information about their patients that is exchanged through the statewide network. MiHIN uses the 4medica Big Data MPI along with a private patient attribute or “common key” that links individuals and their health information across systems and organizations. The combined solution enables MiHIN to match patient identities in real time. This is crucial, as MiHIN coordinates and bridges communication between providers throughout the state, a volume of transactions that numbers in the tens...

4medica Customers Headed to Washington to Advise Nation’s Health Leaders on Patient Identity Matching

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 4medica announced today that two of the company's patient identity matching customers will be featured session speakers at the upcoming 2018 ONC Interoperability Forum in Washington, D.C., August 6—8. Hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the forum attracts the nation's health technology leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Over the course of the forum, these leaders will discuss and formulate solutions to achieving true health data interoperability. Patient identity matching is a critical component of this objective, yet has been a struggle for many healthcare organizations in the absence of a national patient ID. With this persistent challenge as the backdrop, The Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) and New Jersey Innovation Institute...

With TEFCA Looming, HIE Leaders Discuss Changing Business Models

Regional health information exchanges are not an endangered species. That was the message from a panel of HIE leaders at the 2018 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit in Baltimore last week. Panel moderator Carol Robinson, a principal at Portland, Ore.-based consulting firm CedarBridge Group LLC and former State Health IT coordinator in Oregon, asked the leaders for their impressions of the “elephant in the room” — the potential impact of the draft TEFCA (Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement) proposal, as well as a host of other topics. Michael Matthews, who serves as both chief strategy officer for CedarBridge and president and board chair of The Sequoia Project, said he was heartened by the fact that the TEFCA framework plans to build on existing initiatives,...

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4medica to Show Michigan’s Care Coordinators How to Solve Patient Identity Mismatching

Healthcare data interoperability company is sponsor and exhibitor at 2018 Connecting Michigan for Health Conference LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- From the floor of the Lansing Convention Center, where care coordinators across Michigan are converging for the 2018 Connecting Michigan for Health Conference, 4medica will be on hand to address one of the most dangerous errors taking place in healthcare today: patient mismatching. Very often, this error begins at intake. With EHRs and other systems regularly storing hundreds of thousands and even millions of patient records, system users frequently pull the wrong patient record. Or, confronted with multiple records for the same patient, they create and add yet another duplicate to the system. Both scenarios set the stage for missing critical information about the patient...

Connecting Michigan for Health Conference Celebrates Breakthroughs in Health Information Technology

Registration now open for tenth annual conference Lansing, MI, May 08, 2018 – For more than ten years, the Connecting Michigan for Health conference has showcased thought leaders and accomplishments from across the health information technology community. This year brings a special focus on the maturity and availability of technology today that can improve healthcare business processes across the state. Join Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) for Connecting Michigan for Health X: BREAKTHROUGH, at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan, June 6-8, 2018. Registration is now open at www.connectingmichigan.net. “Statewide health information exchange has achieved critical mass as millions of messages pass through the statewide network daily,” said Tim Pletcher, Executive Director, MiHIN. “The exchange of health information enables healthcare providers to better coordinate care for...