MedeAnalytics and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) announced the second data exchange connection in the U.S. with the Hattiesburg Clinic, the first clinical data exchange was with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The automated systems share clinical data in real-time, equipping clinicians with enhanced medical-history information about Medicaid patients within seconds. Thus far both DOM and Hattiesburg, have shared clinical information on 20,000 individual Medicaid patients, or 100,000 total shared clinical reports.
Back in August, DOM successfully linked its beneficiary data-analysis system, MedeAnalytics, with Hattiesburg Clinic’s electronic health record (EHR). MedeAnalytics established DOM’s Medicaid Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) back in 2014 as the core identity management system to allow easy management of a Medicaid patient’s longitudinal record. From there, they worked with DOM to standardize the Medicaid clinical EMPI to support a clinical data interface with its external stakeholders. DOM’s electronic system for storing and managing its beneficiary records, includes up-to-date information such as a beneficiary’s prescribed medications, allergies and other historical details.
Hattiesburg Clinic is the second such clinical exchange and the second largest provider of Mississippi Medicaid beneficiaries. DOM built its first connection with the largest provider, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), in early 2016.
Clinical Data Interoperability Program Overview
This approach, known as the Clinical Data Interoperability Program, provides two-way communication between DOM’s database and the provider. The concept is simple: DOM has an electronic system for storing and managing its beneficiary records, and this database includes up-to-date information such as a beneficiary’s prescribed medications, allergies and other historical details. MedeAnalytics andDXC Technology, an independent, end-to-end IT services company — built a platform to enable DOM to communicate with Hattiesburg’s EHR. DXC’s services-enabled OXi Platform utilizes industry standard technologies and connections such as HL7 and RESTful web services to quickly and easily connect new stakeholders in support of DOM’s goal to collect, aggregate and share Medicaid clinical data to improve Medicaid beneficiary care and overall program management.
“Hattiesburg Clinic’s priority is our patients and the quality and efficiency of care they receive at all of our locations. A major goal for us over recent years has been improving how we utilize our EHR, including establishing a more paperless workflow with our Epic system that provides more thorough patient care through information technology,” said Tommy Thornton, Hattiesburg clinic executive director in a statement.
“This partnership with Medicaid is a valuable step in that ongoing effort, as it has enabled us to get a comprehensive picture of the patient’s health and improves efficiencies for our providers,” Thornton continued. “We are very pleased with what we are able to accomplish on behalf of our patients through this program with Medicaid.”