The Michigan Health Information Network, the statewide nonprofit health information exchange, will integrate PointClickCare’s cloud-based software facilitating a continuous, automated flow of patient data.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
MiHIN announced that its partnership with the nation’s largest provider of post-acute electronic medical records will now allow 250 new post-acute providers and case managers to exchange real-time data through the HIE.
Despite the widespread adoption of certified health information systems, many long-term care facilities and emergency medical service providers in Michigan have not been able to take full advantage of the state’s network. .
MiHIN hopes to advance and deepen collaboration, care coordination, and healthcare interoperability by providing access to real-time information at any stage of a patient’s journey.
“PointClickCare will exchange post-acute health information across our shared digital infrastructure at an unparalleled rate and scale, helping to bridge post-acute care gaps in integrating and connecting the continuum of care,” said Dr. Tim Pletcher, Executive Director. of the MiHIN, in the ad.
The partnership “will provide participating Michigan hospitals with unprecedented context about emergency department patients at the point of care,” added Dr. Ben Zaniello, chief medical officer at PointClickCare.
PointClickCare’s emergency services optimization will also be available to hospitals statewide for clinicians providing care to vulnerable patient groups, such as pregnant women, people with health inequities, those coming out of post-acute care and those affected by opioids.
This platform provides emergency services with real-time access to patient histories and cross-organizational patient care plans to support their high-risk patients.
THE GREAT TREND
HEIs have a key role to play in public health reporting, especially where regional laws vary.
California’s unique 2022 data-sharing agreement, mandated by law, addresses an information-sharing ecosystem that is often fragmented and siled across the state.
“Data sharing is incredibly local, and I think we all know that,” Timi Leslie, founder of BluePath Health and leader of Connecting for Better Health, explained in a recent HIMSSCast podcast about the Golden State’s demand for real-time processing exchange material. , payment and information sharing on health operations by 2024.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the significant gaps in state health data interoperability, Leslie said, noting that there are a number of plans from other states to follow.
“Regional HIE entities know their health system landscape and can navigate between key actors, engage public health organizations in dialogue with health system leaders, and can develop interfaces that connect health system actors. health,” said Brian Dixon, a researcher at the Regenstrief Institute. , told Healthcare IT News in 2019.
The enduring value, especially when HIEs work in concert with other vendor-led interoperability efforts, is how they deepen healthcare collaboration. Experts have long pointed out that HIEs can notify providers of clinical events, making them a useful utility.
“The fact that EHRs are more ubiquitous and have better interoperability capabilities…these are all pluses in the equation to make the nation more interoperable,” said John Kansky, President and CEO. leadership of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, when Healthcare IT News reported on the enduring value of HIEs, even as provider-focused networks such as the CommonWell Health Alliance matured.
“But what’s often overlooked is that if you’re looking for the people who have the last mile wired and/or have the data available – and in some cases have it in standardized and organized repositories ready to be traded – these are the HIEs,” Kanski says.
“We anticipate that this partnership will help optimize care delivery, safety and coordination for patients, and significantly improve outcomes and reduce costs associated with
vulnerable populations,” Pletcher said.
Andrea Fox is the editor of Healthcare IT News.
Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS publication.
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