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Health Alliance Plan Joins MiHIN

Featured September 16, 2013 | prweb.com | Health Alliance Plan Health Alliance Plan (HAP), the state’s second largest health insurer, announced it is now a qualified data sharing organization with the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN). The network is the official state-designated entity for electronic health information exchange in Michigan. The addition of HAP to the MiHIN network demonstrates the continued steady, positive growth Michigan is making towards a comprehensive shared network to improve communication across the health care spectrum statewide. “HAP believes unnecessary paperwork and fragmented health care Information Technology systems that are unable to communicate with each other are hazardous to our health and contribute to rising medical costs,” said Christopher Pike HAP Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Most patients interact with many different medical...

Michigan Health Information Network Harnesses Salesforce.com

Featured September 5, 2013 | informationweek.com | David F. Carr, Information Week Health information exchange builds network faster by developing software in the cloud, tapping Salesforce.com's APIs and relationship management components. The leaders of the Michigan nonprofit charged with coordinating the online exchange of health records say they have made much faster progress than before by relying on Salesforce.com to provide a foundation of cloud software and servers. "For us, the Force.com platform started one of fastest ways to get the health provider directory up and demonstrable," said Tim Pletcher, executive director of the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services(MiHIN). "Once we did that, we realized this wasn't just the environment to get a fast prototype or demo working -- this was the environment to run it on." MiHIN is part...

Michigan One of Ten States Beginning to Implement Disaster Response Health Information Exchange

Ten state HIE programs have established infrastructure for secure exchange of health information As part of an effort to help make sure their residents’ health information is available after a hurricane or other wide-spread disaster, four Gulf states have partnered with six states in the East and Midwest to help patients and providers access critical health information when they are unable to visit their regular doctors or hospitals. Working with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), health information exchange (HIE) programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia today announced their partnership to allow for the exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from...

Michigan Blues Join State Health Data Network

Featured March 28, 2013 | ModernHealthcare.com | Joseph Conn Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, the state's administrator of federal health information exchange grant funding under the stimulus law, has announced that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has become the first health plan in the state to join as a qualified data-sharing organization. “Ensuring that providers have the information they need at the point of care and proactively preventing problems before they happen is essential for good care coordination,” said Robert Milewski, a MiHIN director and senior vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, in a news release. “Officially joining the MiHIN data sharing community is a big step in Michigan becoming a connected-for-health state." The Michigan not-for-profit organization known as MiHIN was founded in December...

Blue Cross Blue Shield becomes Qualified Organization with MiHIN

East Lansing, MI, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) is now a part of Michigan's electronic sharing of health information through the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN).  MiHIN Executive Director Tim Pletcher said, "BCBSM's leadership as the first health plan to become a qualified data sharing organization (QO) demonstrates their commitment to improving the quality of care for their members.  BCBSM is helping pioneer the next phase of health information exchange in Michigan.  With the inclusion of health plans in Michigan's statewide network, the opportunities for better care coordination rapidly accelerate." By entering into MiHIN's legal umbrella for secure and private electronic Health Information Exchange (HIE), BCBSM joins a dynamic group of organizations already participating in electronic health information...

Better Health Care Through APIs

Featured March 3, 2013 | cioinsight.com | Tony Kontzer, CIO Insight Critical data-integration technology is helping health care providers in Michigan get patient information to doctors when and where they need it. One of the major obstacles to the effective electronic exchange of patient data is that most doctors are moving targets. They are affiliated with numerous organizations and practice in a lot of different settings. In other words, good luck getting a message to them in the right place at the right time. "You can't just deliver information to them in one spot," says Tim Pletcher, executive director of the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN). "You have to understand the medical context and deliver to them where needed." It was with that conundrum in mind that the state...

MiHIN, DigiCert and Nitor Group Facilitate Secure Sharing of Interstate Health Records

Featured March 5, 2013 | digicert.com | Jeff Chandler, DigiCert, Inc. Project supports MiHIN’s initiative to help improve healthcare quality and affordability for Michigan residents through fast, secure electronic exchange of health information; serves as model for other states EAST LANSING, MI (March 5, 2013) — Today the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services announced an agreement with leading high-assurance digital certificate provider DigiCert and health information services provider (HISP) Nitor Group to use DigiCert’s federally bridged certificates for secure interstate sharing of electronic health information. This project, one of the first of its kind in the U.S., supports MiHIN’s mission to improve healthcare outcomes for Michigan residents by providing trusted means by which patients, providers and insurers can securely exchange private medical records across state boundaries. The announcement...

Michigan HIE Bright Spots: One Doctor’s Experience

Featured February 22, 2013 | healthit.gov | Brett Andriesen, ONC Dr. Brian McCardel has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Lansing, MI, for more than 20 years.  As both a physician and a son with caregiving duties for his parents, McCardel has witnessed how health care efficiency can reduce the frustration patients and their families feel when navigating today’s healthcare system. In a recent discussion with ONC, McCardel described his parents’ reaction to a follow-up appointment for a CT scan of his father’s sinuses. When they arrived at the doctor’s office, they were surprised to learn the doctor was unaware of the reason for their visit. Consequently, his parents had to wait in the exam room for the doctor to both request and then review the results of the...

MiHIN Collaborates with White Pine Systems

Featured February 7, 2013 | prweb.com | Jonathan Smolowe, White Pine Systems, LLC ANN ARBOR, MI (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 07, 2013 White Pine Systems, LLC, a leading provider of patient engagement solutions, today announced a pilot project with the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services based in East Lansing. The purpose of the pilot project is to discover the requirements for a consumer-facing personal health record gateway used by providers and patients to specify where important health information and preferences are stored. These stored preferences might include advanced directives such as a living will and Gift of Life choices along with immunization histories and emergency contact information. MiHIN is Michigan’s State Designated Entity under a federal grant to improve health care quality, cost, efficiency, and patient safety through electronic exchange of health...

Michigan Health Information Network Announces Addition of Robert Milewski to Board of Directors

East Lansing, Mich., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) has announced the addition of Robert Milewski to the MiHIN Board of Directors. Mr. Milewski brings many years of healthcare leadership and experience to MiHIN. Mr. Milewski is currently Senior Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Hospital Relations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and previously held multiple positions at BCBSM. He has also held positions of leadership at multiple hospital systems in Michigan bringing a unique perspective to the Board. Additionally Mr. Milewski is a commissioner on Michigan's Health Information Technology Commission, appointed by Governor Snyder, and is on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Michigan Beacon community. MiHIN Chairman of the Board, Larry...