The Minnesota Community Healthcare Network, an alliance of five behavioral health organizations, is partnering with RelayHealth to establish a community collaborative with the goal of using health information exchange to support communication and care coordination between MCHN members and the Hennepin Health System.

The Network’s five members, Canvas Health, Guild Incorporated, Mental Health Resource, RESOURCE, INC., and Touchstone Mental Health, are establishing interoperability among its members to integrate critical health information at the point of care through its new Mission Hennepin Community Collaborative.

This new system, powered by RelayHealth, will acquire and normalize critical information from across care settings and provide access to aggregated information about individuals at the point of care.

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MCHN has received state innovation model grant funds through the Minnesota Department of Health for this project. The funding is part of a $45 million testing grant jointly received by the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Human Services in 2013 from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model.

“Having access to an individual’s complete health record during an ED visit or other point of care can make a difference in decisions made by practitioners and clients,” says MCHN Chair Grace Tangjerd Schmitt. “This new capability will provide individuals and care teams with the information they need, helping them to integrate and coordinate services appropriately across care settings.”

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