Through the Northern Physicians Organization (NPO), Internal Medicine of Northern Michigan has initiated the Health Information Exchange (HIE) to electronically maintain patient information across organizations within the region, community, and hospital system. The HIE is designed to efficiently and securely house key data among NPO practices. In a situation where a patient may see specialty providers in addition to their internist, this record informs all involved with care of data, test results, care plans, and changes in medical conditions, for example. This improves communication and eliminates the need for patients to recall and repeat all medical history from one provider to the next.
At Internal Medicine of Northern Michigan, we’re doing our part to improve care and the overall healthcare experience. Patients can do their part by consenting to participate in HIE — it simply requires an approval signature at a scheduled patient visit. For more information about the HIE, contact NPO at 231.421.8505.