Upper Peninsula Health Information Exchange goes live

By Mike Miliard
10:43 AM

Upper Peninsula Health Care Network (UPHCN), the parent organization for Upper Peninsula Health Information Exchange (UPHIE) has announced the go-live of the exchange, which will cover one-third of the state of Michigan.

Officials say UPHIE, which will cover 16,400 square miles and include more than 900 providers serving some 300,000 people, has achieved several key milestones. Among them:

  • Implementation of a core technology infrastructure enabling Sault St. Marie, Mich.-based War Memorial Hospital to go live on admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) data and lab, radiology and immunization data that was aggregated and connected;
  • Exchange of structured lab results with a participating site using on-demand continuity of care documents (CCD) and HL7;
  • CCD exchange with hospitals and physicians’ offices via Direct messaging; and
  • Submission and exchange of immunization records via the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN).

UPHIE uses CareAlign CareExchange, an interoperability platform developed by Nashville-based ICA that enables disparate health information systems to exchange information.

“UPHIE’s remarkable ability to coalesce, work together and stay focused on implementing the first stages of this important regional HIE has been a marvel to watch," said Gary Zegiestowsky, ICA's CEO.

Paula Johnson, director of enterprise business systems at UPHCN, said the HIE "continues to push the boundaries of the markets we believe can benefit from an HIE in the Upper Peninsula. We tirelessly explore new and different ways for the local medical community to engage with our HIE and seek ways the HIE can provide value back to providers."


[See also: Michigan docs building HIE]