Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) announce of developing the MetroChicago Health Information Exchange (HIE), which's expected to be the largest metropolitan HIE in the nation, serving more than 9.4 million people.
"The MetroChicago HIE will use Microsoft Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform, to aggregate and present a unified view of patient medical history data at the time and point of care, and CSC will provide project management, implementation, hosting and support services. Software components from HealthUnity will work in combination with Amalga to provide foundational HIE services and continuity of care document exchange services. These technologies will give the HIE a powerful engine to quickly aggregate and analyze data across patient cohorts and populations, enabling care transformation," informs Microsoft.
"MetroChicago HIE will initially build use cases that're aligned with meaningful use incentives, as outlined in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed in 2009. The goal is to implement functionality that offers value to the largest number of stakeholders and that can be deployed quickly. The first two use cases to be deployed will be Clinical Summary -- Emergency Department (ED) Linking, allowing authorized healthcare providers to see a consolidated view of the patient's medical history, with input regarding test results, problems and medication information from other providers across the region. This information is crucial, especially during medical emergencies, when patients may not be able to tell providers about their health history, medications they take or allergies."
[Source: Microsoft Press]