Jackson Community Medical Record (JCMR) Begins Reporting to State of Michigan via the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN)

Mar 04, 2013, 11:15 ET from Michigan Health Information Network

EAST LANSING, Mich., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jackson Community Medical Record (JCMR) is now sending immunization records to the State of Michigan's Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) through the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services. This is an important step toward JCMR's goal of providing the best health information services possible to the greater Jackson community. 

Founded in 2005, JCMR strives to serve and represent the Jackson's tri-county region. A joint venture between Allegiance Health, the largest health care provider in the Jackson area, and Jackson Physicians Alliance, JCMR supplies, implements, manages and supports an electronic health record (EHR) solution for participating physicians and hospitals to reduce the cost associated with purchasing and maintaining their own solution. Through these joint ventures JCMR is able to achieve a medical records system that is truly a "community medical record," making it possible for physicians to use the same chart in every location.

JCMR President, and Allegiance Health Chief Information Officer Rick Warren said, "The partnership between JCMR and Allegiance is creating increased efficiencies within the Jackson Community. We are already beginning to see the benefits of this health information exchange by way of reducing test duplications, eliminating paper medical records and streamlining workflow as well as improving outcomes for patients. Additionally the benefits of participating in MiHIN's easy solution for Meaningful Use reporting are substantial.  Although public health reporting of immunizations is the first MiHIN Shared Service benefitting the Jackson community through JCMR and Allegiance, we intend to rapidly leverage MiHIN's other shared services, including its statewide Transitions of Care / Admit-Discharge-Transfer Notification Service and its Shared Security Services."

Allegiance Health, recently recognized by Healthgrades for the prestigious Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, was in the top five percent of all U.S. hospitals for clinical outcomes in and was also named among America's 100 Best Hospitals for 2013. Allegiance was also recognized for its Excellence in Community Service upon receiving the prestigious Foster G. McGraw prize. Allegiance's growing list of awards and accomplishments are a reflection of Allegiance's mission to improve the health and well-being of its communities. Patients and providers in the tri-county region supported by Allegiance and JCMR realize the benefit of a strong presence in health information technology and JCMR's role as a trailblazer in the integration and acceleration of electronic health records and health information exchange.

MiHIN Executive Director Tim Pletcher said, "Allegiance's high quality of service to the Jackson area has drawn the attention of leaders and hospitals from around the country.  The well-deserved accolades are a reflection of the commitment and dedication to their community. Through its partnership with JCMR, Allegiance is advancing their common mission of insuring that the best outcomes are reached at the point of care through this use of technology. With JCMR now fully operating in production through MiHIN, their statewide health information exchange capabilities are greatly expanded and their local efforts are instantly multiplied to benefit Jackson and Michigan residents wherever they receive health care in Michigan."

JCMR Director Aaron Wooten added, "Our team has enjoyed working with the MiHIN and MCIR teams to activate our highly secure MiHIN connection to the State of Michigan for Public Health Reporting.  At every step of the way the MCIR and MiHIN staff was available to assist us.  Patients in the tri-county Jackson area can count on safe, secure, reliable and efficient Public Health Reporting from JCMR to the Michigan Department of Community Health."

About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)
The Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services is dedicated to improving the health care experience and quality while decreasing cost for Michigan's people by supporting the statewide exchange of health information and making valuable data available at the point of care.  MiHIN is a public and private nonprofit collaboration between the State of Michigan, the Office of the National Coordinator, sub-state Health Information Exchanges, insurers, payers, providers and patients.  For more information please visit www.mihin.org

About Allegiance Health
Allegiance Health is a $419 million, 480-bed community-owned health system in Jackson, Michigan. Allegiance complements traditional acute care services with mission-based services to support the care continuum for all members of the community. Through its Health Improvement Organization (HIO), Allegiance is also a national leader in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs in the community. Learn more at AllegianceHealth.org.

About Jackson Community Medical Record
JCMR is a joint venture between Allegiance Health and the Jackson Physicians Alliance.  Founded by Lynn VanWagnen, MD, and Richard Warren in 2005, JCMR was formed to improve the quality of patient care through information technology and to lower the total cost of ownership for an electronic health record solution. Please visit JCMR.org. 

SOURCE Michigan Health Information Network