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Michigan HIE Partners in Post-Acute Care Interoperability

Michigan Health Information Network, the statewide nonprofit health information exchange, will integrate PointClickCare’s cloud-based software to facilitate the seamless and automated flow of patient data.

BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT
MiHIN announced that its partnership with the nation’s largest provider of post-acute electronic medical records will now enable 250 new providers and post-acute case managers to exchange data in real time through the HIE.

Despite the widespread adoption of certified health information systems, many of Michigan’s long-term care facilities and emergency medical service providers have not been able to take full advantage of the state’s network.

MiHIN hopes to advance and deepen healthcare collaboration, care coordination and interoperability by offering 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 unmatched pace and scale, helping to bridge post-acute care gaps in integrating and connecting continuum of care,” said Tim Pletcher, MD, executive director of MiHIN, in the announcement.

The partnership “will equip participating Michigan hospitals with unprecedented context about emergency department patients at the point of care,” added Dr. Ben Zaniello, medical director of PointClickCare.

PointClickCare’s emergency department optimization will also be available to hospitals across the state for physicians who provide care to vulnerable patient groups, such as pregnant women, those experiencing health inequities, those transitioning from post-acute care, and who are affected by opioids.

That platform allows emergency departments to access histories of previous patient encounters and cross-organizational patient care plans in real time to help their high-risk patients.

THE BIGGEST TREND
HIEs have a key role to play in public health reporting, particularly where regional laws vary.

California’s 2022 Single Data Sharing Agreement, required by law, addresses an information sharing ecosystem that is often fragmented and isolated 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 requirements for treatment sharing. in real time. , payment and health care operations information exchange by 2024.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the significant gaps in the interoperability of the state’s health care data, Leslie said, noting that there are a number of other states’ plans to follow.

“Regional HIE entities know the landscape of their health system and can navigate between key players, engage public health organizations in a dialogue with health system leaders, and can develop interfaces that connect system actors of health,” Brian Dixon, a research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute. he told Healthcare IT News in 2019.

The enduring value, especially when HIEs work in tandem with other vendor-driven interoperability efforts, is how they deepen collaboration in healthcare. Experts have long pointed to the fact that HIEs can notify providers of clinical events, making them a useful utility.

“The fact that EHRs are more ubiquitous and the fact that they have better interoperability capabilities … those are all assets in the equation to make the nation more interoperable,” said John Kansky, president and CEO of Indiana Health Information Exchange, when Healthcare IT News reported on the enduring value of HIEs, even as provider-driven networks like the CommonWell Health Alliance matured.

“But what’s often forgotten 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 curated, standardized repositories, ready to be exchanged, it’s the HIEs.” . Kansky said.

IN THE REGISTRY
“We anticipate that this partnership will support optimized care delivery, safety and coordination for patients, and significantly improve outcomes and reduce costs associated with

vulnerable populations,” Pletcher said.

Andrea Fox is a senior editor for Healthcare IT News.
Email: afox@himss.org

Healthcare IT News is published by HIMSS.

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