The South Bend-based Michiana Health Information Network has reached an agreement with a data sharing organization in Michigan. The agreement with the Michigan Health Information Network allows members of the groups to securely access patient and provider data in each state. June 3, 2014

News Release

SOUTH BEND, Ind. and EAST LANSING, Mich. – MHIN (Michiana Health Information Network), one of the nation's leading health information exchanges, announced today that it has joined Michigan's growing community of electronic healthcare data sharing as the newest Qualified Data Sharing Organization (QO) with the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN), the state-designated entity for the exchange of health information in Michigan. This represents a step forward in the exchange of health information between states.

Based in South Bend, Indiana, MHIN serves participating providers and hospitals throughout the Midwest including areas of south central Michigan, such as Sturgis and Niles. Since healthcare knows no boundaries, residents of this border region might receive treatment in Indiana, Michigan, or both, and MHIN serves the needs of providers in both states.

As a Qualified Organization under Michigan's legal umbrella, MHIN gains full access for its member organizations to securely share and receive patient data with health care providers, hospitals, and public health agencies that are connected to MiHIN's network. This enables a broader range of support for Michiganders who work or live in the MHIN service region.

Coordinated care data provided electronically at the point of care gives doctors on a patient's care team a more complete picture of a patient's medical condition and history. This allows more informed medical decisions leading to improved outcomes and lower costs for patients, providers, and payers.

“Being recognized as a MiHIN Qualified Organization enables MHIN to continue filling in the information gaps within the healthcare system while working towards interoperability with our neighboring states. With so many of our residents crossing these state lines for their healthcare, our providers will be better positioned to have the information needed at the time of care in order to deliver the best possible outcomes,” said Tim Roberts, MHIN's Chief Executive Officer.

Incorporated in 1999, MHIN is committed to improving healthcare quality and health outcomes in the communities they serve. From early adoption of electronic health record technology to innovation around Meaningful Use transitions of care services, MHIN continues to connect healthcare providers throughout the Midwest, ensuring that they have immediate access to the information they need to take care of their patients.

“The northern Indiana and south central Michigan region is a vital part of Michigan's economy, and MHIN has built an impressive network and community to promote health information sharing,” said Tim Pletcher, MiHIN's Executive Director. “MHIN's participation with MiHIN brings us a step closer to a comprehensive shared network not only in Michigan, but in areas that support and accommodate Michiganders throughout the Midwest.”

About Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN)

MHIN is one of the oldest and most successful health information exchanges and healthcare IT organizations in the United States. Since 1998 MHIN has been serving healthcare providers across the Midwest, MHIN provides secure, timely delivery of relevant clinical information through a number of technology and communication solutions. MHIN streamlines secure access to data to improve quality and reduce costs. For more information, visit www.mhin.com.

About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)

The Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) isMichigan's initiative to improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety through the sharing of electronic health information, while reducing costs. MiHIN is the official state designated entity for health information exchange acrossMichiganand the future integration with the eHealth Exchange. MiHIN is a Michigan nonprofit entity, functioning as a public and private collaboration between the State of Michigan, sub-state Health Information Exchanges, payers, providers, and patients. For more information please visit www.mihin.org.

Source: Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services

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