About Midwest Health Connection (MHC)
As one of the largest health information exchange (HIE) networks in the United States, Midwest Health Connection (MHC) is the only secure, statewide, private, non-profit HIE in Missouri. Expanding into the Midwest, MHC provides over 7,000 clinicians, hundreds of clinics and community health centers and more than 75 hospitals, and health plans with access to comprehensive patient health records for more than 20+ million patients. MHC’s services are designed to support health care clinicians and payors with a more complete and accurate patient health records. The electronic exchange of health records in the MHC network, enables clinicians to quickly and securely access and receive real-time comprehensive patient health records resulting in improved quality of health care delivery by coordinating care, reducing preventable errors and avoiding treatment duplication. No matter where a patient goes for care, MHC supports its participating health care stakeholders, by providing an up-to-date, comprehensive, longitudinal health record including clinical and claims data. MHC’s service solutions improve health care outcomes and quality by supporting access to aggregated patient information to identify gaps in patient care and provide more clinical data to clinicians and care coordinators for enhanced clinical decision making.
As a national leader in the HIE market, MHC specializes in data normalization and robust data exchange. MHC serves as an unbiased, vendor agnostic, trusted health information technology solution that provides an advanced technological framework enabling access to comprehensive electronic patient records across multiple data sources in real-time. As interoperability specialist in clinical and claims data exchange, MHC has connected hundreds of disparate data sources including health care providers, regional, state and national HIEs, health plans, and accountable care organizations (ACOs). As the Midwest gateway, MHC is a nationally identified HIE gateway in the CMS supported Patient Centered Data Home initiative, facilitating the exchange of clinical information across the country by connecting to more than 40 other HIEs. Additionally, MHC is also connected to Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense.
MHC’s mission focuses on quality patient care, improving health outcomes, innovations to improve efficiencies and reducing costs for our Participants. Members of MHC’s HIE network receive innovative, cost effective strategic services that provide a return on investment by transforming the delivery of care.
What We Do: Data Exchange & More
MHC is the...
CONNECTOR: a single community connection to bridge and connect health care systems private HIEs, independent community providers, and health plans.
HUB: serve as an unbiased community data trustee of health information.
DATA AGGREGATOR: provide a comprehensive electronic patient record across multiple data sources.
Promoting Interoperability/Meaningful Use: Provides attestation services for our participants.
In order to view or share health data in the state of Missouri, the patient must first opt-in, consent to share their records through MHC, the state-wide and regional health information exchange. MHC’s consent model is Consent to Access (C2A) which is an opt-in model. C2A allows the patient more control over their health information by allowing them to choose which health care providers can access their information instead of all providers losing access with a global opt-out. With C2A, the organization must ask if they can access the patient's information through MHC.
Services & Data
MHC services enable our participants to utilize tools that are meaningful and actionable.
- Clinical Document Exchange - Direct Secure Messaging
- Alert Notifications - Public Health Reporting
- Business Continuity Planning - Many new services to come
The data collected and stored in a patient health record through the MHC network gives providers vital patient history to ensure the best quality of care is given.
- Patient Demographics - Lab Results
- Allergies - Encounter
- Problem lists - Image Reports
- Diagnoses - Immunizations
- Medications - Patient Consent (Opt-In)
Network & Connections
The data MHC collects is updated by our Participants and providers to construct a more complete health record. MHC Participants include:
- 75+ hospitals (4 largest health systems in MO) - 25 post-acute care facilities
- 350+ Clinics/Physician Practices - Accountable Care Organizations
- 13 federally qualified health centers - Care Management Organizations
- 50 behavioral health facilities - Health Plans (Commercial, Medicare,Medicaid)
- Long-term care facilities - Skilled Nursing Facilities
MHC is partnered with:
Interoperability, EHR and HIT challenges?
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- Provide legislative monitoring services
- Coordinate members together to facilitate problem solving
- Leverage the MHC memberships needs to obtain additional funding support for HIT for MHC’s Participants
HIE Report Card
MHC Compared to other HIEs in the United States