MISSISSIPPI INITITIATES STATE-OF-THE-ART HEALTH INFORMATION NETWORK

By admin
March 15, 2013

JACKSON, Miss – Hospitals and healthcare providers throughout Mississippi are partnering in a multi-million dollar, cutting edge electronic health information system. The Mississippi Health Information Network (MS-HIN) will improve patient care, ensure more accurate transmission of records, and cut costs for both patients and providers in our state.

The MS-HIN is a secure electronic exchange of health information, which allows providers quick, reliable access to patient health records. With the patient’s permission, the MS-HIN provides electronic medical records at the point of care, which fosters better quality of care, and improved health outcomes and operating efficiency while reducing costs by eliminating duplicate tests and services.

The MS-HIN is one of numerous systems currently being implemented nationwide. Funding for the system was made possible through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). So far in Mississippi, eight hospitals are actively participating in the network with 22 currently pending. The development of the MS-HIN will allow the exchange of patients’ clinical information regardless of geographical location to physicians, hospitals, labs, long-term care facilities, health plans, behavioral health, public health, Medicaid, pharmacies, and state agencies.

An 11-member board appointed by network partners, including the office of the governor, various state agencies, the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Delta Health Alliance, and key hospital providers, governs The Mississippi Health Information Network.

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