The Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange has been validated to electronically exchange health information with the Social Security Administration to speed the processing of disability applications.

SEMHIE in 2010 received a grant of nearly $3 million from SSA, one of 15 grants totaling $17.4 million to develop the capability to exchange disability-related information using protocols of the emerging Nationwide Health Information Network.

Henry Ford Health System and Oakwood Health System serving the Detroit region expect late this year to begin sending Continuity of Care Documents to SSA when the agency requests information to verify disability claims. SSA requests more than 15 million records nationally each year and processes more than 3 million claims annually. The agency's goal is to reduce the national average wait time for disability determinations from 457 days to no longer than two weeks.

Other major delivery systems expected to use SEMHIE to exchange data with SSA include Beaumont Hospitals, Detroit Medical Center, St. John Health System, and Trinity Health. More information is available at


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