EAST LANSING (WWJ) — The Great Lakes Health Information Exchange has launched an immunization gateway, the first in Michigan to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s requirements for real-time electronic submissions and acknowledgements as mandated by the Michigan Care Improvement Registry.

GLHIE’s system allows providers to submit and receive immunization information within
their electronic medical record system to help them meet Meaningful Use requirements
in both Stage 2 and draft proposed recommendations for Stage 3. This gateway also
has the ability to query the State of Michigan for immunization histories when that
function is added by MCIR in fall of 2013.

“My staff previously made dual entry into both our chart and the MCIR Portal. Today, the
entry is single and seamless,” said Dr. Christopher Beal of St. Johns Internal Medicine

By documenting immunizations in real-time, GLHIE is supporting the vision of MCIR, as
outlined in Public Act 91 of 2006, to reduce vaccine preventable disease and over-
vaccination. The Michigan Care Improvement Registry also works community-wide to
track immunizations administered during a public health emergency.

Great Lakes Health Information Exchange is employing the technology of the Optum
Immunization Gateway to facilitate the secure exchange of immunization information
from healthcare provider’s offices, schools, county health departments and other public
health facilities, local clinics or hospitals reporting through Michigan Health Information
Network to Michigan’s statewide registry.

MiHIN is a Michigan nonprofit entity, functioning as a public and private collaboration
between the State of Michigan, sub-state Health Information Exchanges and payers.
Their role is to set policy and supporting legal structure to the exchange of health
information statewide.

The routing of child and adult immunization records will help providers improve care
coordination and support public health emergency preparedness initiatives directly from
their EMR, improving their workflow process.

The Great Lakes Health Information Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to
improving the speed and quality of healthcare to the community by facilitating the
authorized and secure electronic access and retrieval of critical clinical data to
healthcare providers in the State of Michigan leading to safer and more effective
patient-centered care.

For more information, visit www.glhie.org.


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