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3 Tech Things That Irk Me

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2013

2. Interoperability is coming along great, especially if you like really incremental progress
Maybe I'm not being fair, but let me tell you what crossed my desk yesterday, and you decide.

The announcement reads: "Michigan Health Information Network Completes Onboarding to eHealth Exchange; MiHIN becomes one of the first health information networks to onboard under new testing process working in collaboration with PCE Systems."

In plain English, MiHIN is inviting providers to join its service and thereby enabling them to exchange electronic medical records with federal organizations and other participants in the eHealth Exchange community.

That doesn't mean providers have agreed to exchange data. That announcement comes later, provided those providers find it in their economic interest to do so. I think ONC is still working on that part.

The announcement continues that MiHIN is the first organization to "onboard" the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA), a data format required under Meaningful Use Stage 2 to support health information exchange.

PCE Systems turns out to be a behavioral health data sharing organization, and MiHIN officials note that this means HIE is moving from its focus on physical health to embrace behavioral health data as well.

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