The Social Security Administration (SSA) has awarded The South East Michigan Health Information Exchange (SEMHIE) with a $2, 988, 000 contract for an Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
The initiative will allow CNSI, a partner of Southeastern Michigan Health Association (SEMHA), to automate the Social Security disability insurance claims in the Detroit Metro Region. This will link the information infrastructures of the four major hospital systems in the region and create a comprehensive health records exchange. The contract will drastically reduce the time it normally takes to file SSA disabled insurance claims.
Shailesh Patel, CNSI’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, said “CNSI is excited to be a part of the team that is improving disability determinations for the citizens in Michigan, where we have successfully implemented the State’s replacement Medicaid system. We are also pleased to be aiding the SSA’s utilization of the NHIN and feel that getting the southeast Michigan providers online will greatly reduce the cost and complexity of integrating additional providers to this HIE platform, thus accelerating adoption overall.”
The SSA has been testing health IT for medical records and has found that the electronic medical records have drastically reduced processing times. CNSI plans to use the system to provide citizens’ with a timely response as well as bring in more federal dollars for Detroit.