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Michigan’s HIE partners on post-acute care interoperability

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

WHY IT MATTERS

MiHIN announced that its partnership with the biggest post-acute electronic medical record vendor in the united kingdom will now enable 250 new post-acute providers and case managers to switch real-time data through the HIE.

Despite widespread adoption of certified health information systems, a lot of Michigan’s long-term care facilities and emergency medical providers have not had the opportunity to comprehensively leverage the states network.

MiHIN hopes to advance and deepen healthcare collaboration, care coordination and interoperability by offering usage of real-time insights at any stage of a patients journey.

“PointClickCare will exchange post-acute health information throughout our shared digital infrastructure at an unmatched pace and scale, assisting to tie the gaps of post-acute care in to the integration and connection of the care continuum,” said Dr. Tim Pletcher, executive director of MiHIN, in the announcement.

The partnership “will equip participating Michigan hospitals with unprecedented context on emergency department patients at the idea of care,” added Dr. Ben Zaniello, chief medical officer at PointClickCare.

PointClickCares emergency department optimization may also be open to hospitals over the state for clinicians delivering care to vulnerable patient groups, like pregnant women, those experiencing health inequities, those being transitioned from post-acute care and the ones influenced by opioids.

That platform enables emergency departments to gain access to prior patient encounters histories and interorganizational patient care plans in real-time to aid their high-risk patients.

THE BIGGER TREND

HIEs have an integral role to play in public health reporting, particularly where regional laws vary.

California’s 2022 single data sharing agreement, mandated for legal reasons, addresses an information exchange ecosystem that’s often fragmented and siloed over the state.

“Data exchange is incredibly local, and I believe everybody knows that,” explained Timi Leslie, founder of BluePath Health insurance and a leader at Connecting for Better Health, in a recently available HIMSSCast podcast on the Golden State’s requirement of real-time exchange of treatment, payment and healthcare operations information sharing by 2024.

The COVID-19 pandemic showed the significant gaps in the state’s healthcare data interoperability, said Leslie, noting there are numerous blueprints from other states to check out.

“The regional HIE entities know their health system landscape and may navigate the main element players, engage public health organizations in dialogue with health system leadership, and will develop interfaces that connect medical system players together,” Brian Dixon, a study scientist at Regenstrief Institute, told Healthcare IT News in 2019.

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

“The truth that the EHRs tend to be more ubiquitous and the truth that they will have better interoperability capabilitiesthose are assets in the equation of earning the country more interoperable,” said John Kansky, president and CEO of Indiana Health Information Exchange, when Healthcare IT News was reporting on the enduring value of HIEs, even while vendor-driven networks like the CommonWell Health Alliance gained maturity.

“But what’s often forgotten is that should you go searching for individuals that have the final mile wired and/or have the info available and perhaps own it in normalized, curated repositories, prepared to be exchanged it is the HIEs,” said Kansky.

ON THE RECORD

“We anticipate this partnership will support optimized care delivery, safety, and coordination for patients, and can significantly improve outcomes and lower costs connected with particularly vulnerable populations,” said Pletcher.

Andrea Fox is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

Email:afox@himss.org


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