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Compuware helps Minnesota build large scale e-health exchange

Compuware : 09 September, 2008  (Company News)
Compuware has reached an agreement between its Covisint subsidiary and a public-private coalition in Minnesota to build one of the largest e-health exchanges in the USA.
The Minnesota Health Information Exchange (MN HIE) provides a secure, electronic health information network designed to increase the safety and quality of care while decreasing costs. Using Covisint technology, MN HIE will enable doctors at any hospital or clinic in the state to have patient-controlled access to medications and other patient-centric information.

'This programme allows providers and health plans to collaborate to provide more seamless care for patients,' said Mike Ubl, interim executive director of Minnesota Health Information Exchange. 'Immediate benefits for Minnesotans include real-time, point-of-care access to health information and an infrastructure to deliver future services, such as e-prescribing, lab test results, immunisation records and communicable disease reporting.'

Many patients have electronic medical records, but those records are only available to doctors in a particular hospital or clinic system and not to outside providers. By using a single technology platform to safely and securely exchange health information, providers across Minnesota will have immediate access to vital medical information more quickly to deliver better care.

Sponsor organizations include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Medica, UCare and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The exchange is intended to go live in November, 2008.

'MN HIE is an important part of the state's healthcare reform efforts,' said Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman. 'It will enhance patient safety, as well as quality improvement. MN HIE will also allow providers to more effectively manage and coordinate healthcare services with each other.'

'Providing statewide connectivity as a foundation to support healthcare collaboration is a winning strategy for driving technology adoption,' said Brett Furst, Covisint vice president of Healthcare. 'MN HIE is a model example of providing one common infrastructure to connect the entire healthcare delivery system as a more effective and efficient way to securely share health information.'
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