LANSING, Michigan, December 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) today announced its collaboration with Velatura Public Benefit Corporation (Velatura) and findhelp (formerly known as Aunt Bertha) to establish a national health information exchange (HIE) portal, advance shared application programming interfaces (APIs) and provide a path to interoperable references.
The pandemic continues to reveal how the circumstances of a person’s life can dramatically affect their health beyond the medical care they receive. Research shows that social determinants of health (SDoH) such as lack of adequate housing, food, safety and mental health, can negatively impact health care outcomes by up to three times more than medical care alone. Together, MiHIN, Velatura and findhelp are working to provide a safe, secure and efficient platform to connect patients with the social services they need.
“We are excited to add findhelp.org to the community of organizations interested in enabling truly interoperable referrals,” said Tim Pletcher, DHA, executive director of MiHIN. “We want to reaffirm that, as always, when MiHIN offers tools to ensure that those with limited resources have access to basic functionality at low cost or for free, we remain fully committed to fostering a multi-vendor interoperable ecosystem with APIs. open and standardized use cases to ensure data can be shared across state and nationally.
In solidarity with ending the blocking of health data information, MiHIN, Velatura and findhelp will enable a more interoperable social care sector through this collaboration. The partnership will encourage providers providing platforms to social services and community organizations to also commit to breaking down health data silos and subscribe to these five core principles supporting this mission:
- Service providers should be able to work in the recording systems they have chosen
- Consumers should have access to their own data and be transparent about who will have access to their data if they consent to a service
- A commitment to use national standards (e.g. HL7 FHIR Gravity Accelerator) and open APIs
- Recognizing the need for aggregation of data from multiple sectors of systems is necessary to quantify demand and use of services, ensure quality of services, and inform policy makers to better manage scarce resources.
- Support for state-designated entity, statewide HIE or public health data service to serve as a trusted broker to ensure an interoperable ecosystem among medical communities, public health and social care.
“Current solutions to address unmet social needs remain disconnected by the lack of interoperability in this space and instead function as disjointed proprietary silos that prevent whole person care,” said Marty Woodruff, COO by MiHIN. “Interoperable social care data is an essential building block for the holistic treatment of individuals and populations, where neither people nor data are linked by systems or geography. MiHIN remains committed to the concept of providerless healthcare data interoperability and to the search for partners who are faithful to these principles. We are proud to partner with Velatura and find help usher in a new era of comprehensive human care and advance the interoperability of social services in Michigan.
MiHIN’s participation in this collaboration provides the opportunity for Michigan organizations that are already using findhelp and collaborating through MiHIN Use Case Factory to share data formally and legally with the wider Michigan community.
“Findhelp started with a simple idea: Every person and every family should be able to find help with dignity and ease,” said Erine Gray, Foundhelp Founder and CEO. “We are delighted to partner with MiHIN and Velatura to advance interoperability and connect people with the social care services they need and deserve. “
To learn more about how to participate in this collaboration and join our community of interest, visit mihin.org. For more information on findhelp’s social network, please visit company.findhelp.com.
About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is the designated entity of the State of Michigan to improve quality, efficiency and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide, contributing thereby reducing costs for patients, providers and payers. MiHIN is a not-for-profit public-private collaboration that includes Michigan State stakeholders, health information exchanges serving Michigan, health systems and providers, health plans / payers, of Pharmacies and the Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission. For more information, visit https://mihin.org.
Velatura Public Benefit Corporation creatively connects and aligns people, organizations, technology, ideas and information in the public and private sectors to improve healthcare, reduce costs and increase satisfaction of chain stakeholders of health computing value. Through its operational units of Velatura Services, Velatura HIE Corp and USQHIN, Velatura Public Benefit Corporation seeks to meet the needs across the country for sustainable interoperability.
Findhelp’s network connects people seeking help with the verified social care providers who serve them. Thousands of nonprofits and social service providers serve their communities. But for most people, navigating the system for help has been difficult, time consuming and frustrating. Too many Americans are suffering and they don’t need it. So at findhelp we have created a social support network that connects people and programs, making it easy for people to find social services in their communities, for nonprofits to coordinate their efforts, and for clients. integrate social assistance into the work they are already doing. . Today, findhelp serves millions of users and is used by most major healthcare plans, hospital systems, foundations, governments, and tens of thousands of community organizations (CBOs). To learn more about findhelp’s social network, please visit: company.findhelp.com.