MiHIN launches Velatura Public Benefits Corporation to nationally expand its health information exchange expertise

LANSING, MI September 9, 2019 —Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is launching Velatura Public Benefit Corporation (Velatura) to consult with and provide product solutions to other states’ health information stakeholders to increase overall national interoperability.

MiHIN is Michigan’s state-designated entity to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide, helping reduce costs for patients, providers, and payers. Velatura will offer the same services that MiHIN offers — including patient matching and coordinating patient care — along with consulting and interoperability accelerations services. Velatura will be able to assist any organization seeking large scale change including mission-based delivery organizations and for-profit entities such as health systems, health plans, foundations, communities and more.

“Velatura’s overall goal is to improve point of care with health IT, lower total health care costs and increase patient satisfaction on a national basis,” said Tim Pletcher, CEO of Velatura and MiHIN. “We’re looking to states and state governments as well as organizations that recognize the need to engage all of the stakeholders in healthcare to promote standardized approaches, scale shared services and widely adopt new innovations to improve health.”

Velatura will also draw upon MiHIN’s Use Case FactoryTM which is a collection of widgets that share data, necessary in sharing health information electronically focused on care coordination, public health reporting, infrastructure, consumer engagement, and quality measure information. Velatura specializes in the operation of a provider directory, immunization reporting and forecasting, public health, Active Care Relationship Service®, Admission, Discharge and Transfer notifications, medication reconciliation, and quality measure information to comply with State Medicaid and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Velatura also partners with companies and organizations nationwide to host Connectathon’s—collaborative events where developers, vendors, and subject matter experts can learn about, create and test interoperable solutions in safe environment. To learn more about hosting a Connectathon event in your area, contact Courtney Delgoffe at Courtney.Delgoffe@velatura.org.

About Velatura Public Benefits Company

Velatura strategically aligns and connects people, organizations, technology, ideas and information to improve healthcare, simplify work and reduce costs. Offering market-driven solutions, as well as being the sole provider of MiHIN products and services, Velatura supports organizations in their mission to interoperate and streamline the sharing of pertinent electronic information. For more information, visit https://velatura.org.

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For additional information, contact:

Alyssa Jones
Public Relations Manager
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services
269.832.8353
alyssa.jones@mihin.org

Velatura supported FHIR® workshop at Medication Reconciliation Hackathon 2019


FARMINGTON, CT, April 30, 2019 —
During the 2019 Medication Reconciliation Hackathon Conference, led by UConn School of Medicine, Velatura, a subsidiary of Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, presented Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR) solutions for improving clinical care and reducing medication errors.

UConn Health engaged Velatura to facilitate a Medication Reconciliation workshop as the state looks to improve upon medication errors due to missing medications, giving/taking the wrong medication, duplication of medication or taking the wrong dosage.

The Medication Reconciliation Hackathon is the brainchild of Thomas Agresta MD, MBI, a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut and works as the physician-informatician on the state of Connecticut Health Information Exchange (HIE). “The ultimate goal of this work is to integrate medication reconciliation solutions into the state HIE services to help all stakeholders including physicians, pharmacists and patients by reducing cost, errors, and most importantly, increasing patient safety. Our hope is to lay a foundation on which to build better safety, efficiency and effectiveness in medication management for us all.”

“Establishing a true and accurate medication list for patients can be difficult – medications are prescribed by multiple healthcare providers at any point throughout a patient’s life,” said Allan Hackney, Connecticut Health Information Technology Officer, Office of Health Strategy. “Giving providers the ability to reconcile medication can improve patient safety and may help lower prescription drug costs for consumers.”

During the event, workshops were broken down into two focus areas including – clinical/administrator/patient advocate and programmer/developer/technical. Teams worked to develop storyboards, determine medication reporting requirements, reviewed FHIR resources, developed code and integration into one system. The teams came back together to work on building prototypes that integrate with electronic health records, mobile applications and pharmacy systems all within a test environment. At the conclusion of the event, participants presented their prototypes and shared lessons learned. Velatura led the technical workshop and supported the clinical workshop as well as provided test data and the test environment.

With more than 80 attendees, the clinical attendees included primary care providers, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, patient and caregivers; and technical attendees included developers, postdoctoral fellows and technical product managers.

“At the Hackathon, developers and providers were able to see how FHIR applications can improve the interoperability of various programs as well as work together to build new FHIR applications to solve inefficiencies,” says Tim Pletcher, CEO, Velatura. “Attendees are able to work in a hands-on, collaborative environment to create unique solutions. We look to continue facilitating similar technical workshops across the country.”

The Office of Health Strategy/UConn Health Medication Reconciliation Hackathon took place on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019.

For additional information on Velatura FHIR workshops, email Courtney Delgoffe at courtney.delgoffe@velatura.org.

About Velatura

Velatura strategically aligns and connects people, organizations, technology, ideas, and information to improve healthcare, simplify work and reduce costs. Offering market-driven solutions, as well as being the sole provider of MiHIN products and services, Velatura supports organizations in their mission to interoperate and streamline the sharing of pertinent electronic information. For more information, visit https://velatura.org/.

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is Michigan’s state-designated entity to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide, helping reduce costs for patients, providers, and payers. MiHIN is a nonprofit, public-private collaboration that includes stakeholders from the State of Michigan, Health Information Exchanges serving Michigan, health systems and providers, health plans/payers, pharmacies, and the Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission. For more information, visit https://mihin.org.

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For additional information, contact:

Alyssa Jones
Public Relations Manager
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services
269.832.8353
alyssa.jones@mihin.org