Why Join Missouri Health Connection?
MHC is Missouri’s state-designated entity tasked with creating and managing the infrastructure to connect healthcare providers in Missouri and neighboring states with their patients via a secure health information network. As more health care providers move from paper-based medical records to electronic health record (EHR) systems, MHC is working to make sure that all providers can exchange information with each other through one secure network. The connectivity services provided by MHC are designed to support all healthcare provider organizations, from the largest multi-hospital health system to a solo-physician practice.
A key component to MHC’s success is its ability to connect with all certified EHR systems. This is in contrast to some health information networks that limit connectivity and services by requiring the use of software from a specific vendor. MHC’s vendor-neutral approach connects a broad array of health systems, users, and applications, which elevates the volume and value of information within the network while making truly comprehensive electronic health records possible.
Unique services provided by MHC include connectivity to state agency data, such as:
-Claims and clinical data returned on query
-Public health (DHSS)
-Public health electronic lab reporting
MHC will serve as a connection to Sequoia Project (a national health information exchange platform) for participants and provides data sharing agreements for connectivity with border states.
MHC can allow electronic notifications to alert physicians about important events such as when their patients are admitted to the hospital, receive care in an out-of-town emergency, or obtain important test results from referring physicians and more. Continuity of care documents (CCDs) can be securely exchanged between health providers to reduce redundant medical tests and to ensure that patients receive the appropriate care based on their medical history. MHC currently processes more than 125,000 electronic transactions per day to help healthcare providers improve operational efficiency and deliver the highest quality, most cost-effective care.