ICA announced today that it has signed a contract with the Upper Peninsula Health Information Exchange (UPHIE). The new health information exchange is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Health Care Network (UPHCN) and will cover approximately one-third of the land mass of Michigan. It will serve approximately 300,000 people in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with the initial participants being hospitals and ambulatory care centers.
UPHIE will be implementing ICA’s CareAlign CareExchange platform, which is the foundation for interoperability between disparate health information systems. This platform also allows for direct messaging, standards-based secure clinical communications and data exchange, including HL7 and continuity of care documents (CCD). UPHIE will also be deploying CareAlign’s clinical portal for use with CareExchange.
David Jahn, president of UPHCN and chief executive officer at War Memorial Hospital, said, “We are excited to have finalized our agreement with ICA and to begin implementing CareAlign CareExchange. CareExchange will enable UPHIE to provide a widely spread, largely rural population in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with the tools to improve quality of care while protecting privacy, sharing costs among stakeholders, and minimizing barriers to provider participation. In addition, ICA’s broad experience in communications-based governance, as well as its modular approach to the implementation of HIE, will assist us in getting off to a fast start. The aggregation of clinical patient information from our numerous hospitals, and then using that information to provide our physicians with longitudinal health records, will aid in ensuring that vital clinical information is always available when and where it’s needed.”
Paula Johnson, director of Enterprise Business Systems at UPHCN, further explained, “The Upper Peninsula is largely rural in nature and is home to 300,000 residents. The Upper Peninsula has a rich history of collaboration among facilities, physicians, ancillary providers, and payers. The implementation of UPHIE will enable us to better tie together the widespread population, ultimately helping providers improve care coordination and better integrate transitions of care.”
Gary Zegiestowsky, chief executive officer of ICA, added, “CareAlign’s ability to manage populations in large geographical areas will ensure UPHIE’s ability to strengthen care coordination among its numerous hospitals, clinics and other health facilities across a vast area. UPHIE’s goals of improving treatment decisions, avoiding redundant diagnostics and minimizing or eliminating adverse drug reactions will dramatically reduce costs and improve patient care.”
UPHIE covers more than 16,400 square miles and features more than 900 medical and ancillary providers.