December 09, 2016
MOUNT VERNON, Wash., Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MIN-NS, a leading provider of integrated patient records and healthcare IT managed services that forms a community record of care in their region, announced a new multi-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense will create and support a common community patient data portal that will be accessible in any clinic or hospital within the DoD system regardless of location within, the U.S. or around the globe.
Says Mark Quenneville, CEO at MIN-NS, "We are very excited to support and work with the DoD on this mission critical solution. Time and again, it's been proven that when patient data is readily accessible by the clinician, at the point of care, then the clinician will be able to make better, more well-informed decisions for the patient. As many of our service men and women are deployed around the globe these days. MIN-NS provides a bridge that enable the patient's care record to virtually follow any member of the armed forces, and contractors, from their home base to any deployed location around the globe."
The DoD's patient records currently exist on multiple electronic platforms and systems. The Department is investing in moving to a common Electronic Health Record worldwide. Bases in Washington State are the first adopters and pilots of the upgrade program. MIN-NS is excited to provide portal access to military providers now with integration into their new EHR to follow. One connection to MIN-NS gives DoD providers located locally, regionally or internationally seamless, secure access to care records from multiple civilian healthcare providers on many different record systems.
MIN-NS has connected local civilian providers for over five years, making patient records available regardless of where in the area the care was delivered and recorded. During a six month period of 2016, over 5,000 TRICARE patients were seen one or more times by clinicians. MINS-NS will enable their records of civilian care to be available to their military providers when the patients visit Emergency Departments or specialists using the MINS-NS network. Conversely, civilian providers will have immediate access to detailed records of care by military providers, aiding in the delivery of the best and most informed care off-base.
About MIN-NS (www.min-ns.org), Medical Information Network – North Sound (MIN-NS) is dedicated to supporting integrated community records of care solutions. Based in Mount Vernon, Washington, MIN-NS was founded in 2010 as a 501(c)3 non-profit by local public hospital districts. Community based health information exchanges such as MIN-NS are the solid foundation needed by State and National exchanges to fulfill their function and promise for improved healthcare at lower costs. MIN-NS' secure connections with statewide and nationwide HIEs and local Skilled Nursing Facilities.