When care coordination is strengthened, better care is given and provider reimbursements are improved. MIN-NS HIE helps strengthen connections in medical communities locally and beyond by providing quick, easy access to:
- Patient information outside your electronic medical record system
- Network documents compiled in an easy-to-read clinical summary
- Secure mail system for exchanging notes and patient information
A Doctor’s View of HIE Benefits
Patients think we always know what’s going on at other doctor’s offices or at the hospital. They tell us “I told them to send you the records.” It’s not that simple. There are processes and hurdles – like HIPAA. A doctor can’t just email a colleague. It has to be secure end-to-end. With MIN-NS HIE, a single secure network can connect our whole medical community, provide secure email with hospitalists or consultants or referral docs, even aggregate data from different doctors so we can all stay in the loop for a complicated patient.
1. Easy to have conversations with our colleagues.
2. Direct connection reduces staff/medical records overhead.
3. Up to date lab results from other doctors' practices and hospitals.
4. Access to ER records without having to call and wait for a fax.
5. Simplify HIPAA/Privacy concerns with single legal agreement connecting local medical community together including hospitals, their practices and private practices. Single agreement community means no drowning in paperwork to innovate and improve our care.
6. Provide informed care the first time a new patient walks into your urgent care.
7. Automatically get a discharge summary -- no matter which of the local hospitals your patient went to.
8. Customize and filter the views of your patient's data to fit what you need most.
9. Achieve Meaningful Use by satisfying the core requirement to exchange key clinical data.
10. Better continuity of care for my patients
A patient's healthcare path commonly takes them from one care facility to another, hospital to skilled nursing facility to home health for example. Care coordination is complicated when health information doesn't travel with the patient. Link users can create, add to and share electronic records at each transition. Learn more by clicking below.
A local initiative to benefit our community, Medical Information Network-North Sound (MIN-NS), is bringing all the advantages of Health Information Exchange (HIE) technology to hospitals, physicians and patients in Skagit County and the North Sound region
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