It is increasingly important for HIEs like MHC to understand their effect on patient care and the bottom-line costs for participants. These exchanges have been the beneficiaries of government funding to create the necessary infrastructure and services, and they must now demonstrate returns on those investments — including exactly how much money they are saving and how they are improving patient outcomes. The ability to generate supporting data is key to demonstrating the advantages an HIE brings to all stakeholders. MHC is taking a lead in doing this, both by developing an easy way to project savings based on available studies, and by working closely with participants to measure actual savings.
Missouri Health Connection (MHC) is the health information exchange (HIE) serving Missouri and neighboring states. Headquartered in Columbia, MO, it serves 75% of providers in the state. Participants include more than 7,000 physicians, 77 hospitals, and 350 clinics. Bringing together more than 8.3 million patient records, MHC processes over 250,000 electronic transactions per day.