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