Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) April 10, 2014
As health information exchanges (HIEs) explore better ways to support provider efforts with preventive patient care, U.S. Preventive Medicine (USPM) and MHIN (Michiana Health Information Network), one of the nation’s leading HIEs, have collaborated on an inventive project that incorporates MHIN’s HIE infrastructure and USPM’s community wellness tools to broaden capabilities in population health.
Through an innovative integration model, incorporating USPM functions, services, and patient attested data into the HIE, the advanced offering, sponsored by Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT) utilizing State HIE funding provided by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), demonstrated potential benefits to patients and providers, wherein preventive care measures and behaviors are automatically reconciled with a patient’s comprehensive medical record. The development focused on bidirectional integration between The Medical Foundation, a South Bend, Indiana based laboratory serving patients and providers across the Midwest, the MHIN clinical data repository, and USPM’s Prevention Plan service offering. The model utilizes smart data integration techniques to fill information gaps and enhance not only the patient’s engagement in his or her wellness program through interaction with coaches or other wellness providers but also the primary care physician’s understanding of what occurred during the course of their patient’s participation in the wellness program. The proof of concept stands to provide a baseline understanding of the critical role that a community based HIE plays in fostering patient engagement and better care coordination of populations in a new age of healthcare.
“The Prevention Plan has the potential to be greatly enhanced when merged with HIE services, as we’ve seen with the USPM and MHIN collaboration. On both the community and individual level, providers and patients alike will be empowered to better control and then improve healthcare based off of analysis provided by USPM’s Prevention Plan. Providers will be armed with the clinical information necessary to focus the right efforts on their patients,” says USPM CEO, Rob Tazioli.
“As HIEs take a more active role in population health, we recognize wellness as an important focus. Working with USPM in this demonstration has helped us to understand how to develop an infrastructure to improve community wellness, engage consumers and deliver key information to primary care physicians, patient-centered medical homes, and accountable care organizations,” says MHIN CEO, Tim Roberts.
USPM’s Prevention Plan and Care Management services are population health management solution offerings that allow participating members to determine their top risks through health risk assessment and biometric screenings. The Prevention Plan employs nutrition and exercise tracking, health challenges, education action programs, a Prevention Score, and one-on-one coaching to guide participants to better health while lowering health risks. In the Prevention Plan Care Management program, trained and specialized nurses work with participants to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, high blood pressure, and CAD. The individualized care management program helps them gain a better understanding of their overall health and provides a specific roadmap to prevention as an extension of their overall health and provides a specific roadmap to prevention as an extension of their physician directed treatment plans.
About U.S. Preventive Medicine
U.S. Preventive Medicine is leading a global preventive health movement focused on saving lives and money by keeping people healthy and better managing chronic conditions before the progress. Innovative products – The Prevention Plan web-based health management platform and Macaw mobile health and fitness application – are based on the clinical science of preventive medicine: primary (wellness and health promotion to keep healthy people healthy), secondary (screening for earlier detection/diagnosis) and tertiary (early evidence-based treatment to reduce complications and disability). The company is accredited in wellness and health promotion by the NCQA (the National Committee for Quality Assurance) and disease management by URAC. More information can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@USPM) and YouTube.
MHIN is one of the oldest and most successful health information exchanges and healthcare IT organizations in the United States. Based in South Bend, Indiana and 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 http://www.mhin.com.