Fort Wayne, Ind. — April 5, 2014 — Building a strong foundation for the future of Blue Button-enabled technology that will give patients easy and secure access to their health records online, The Medical Foundation, one of the nation’s top diagnostic laboratories, today released the successful results of a recent ONC challenge grant project around patient mediated exchange. To date, more than 4,000 patients have signed up for a patient portal and are receiving lab results electronically. The laboratory is also seeing significant cost savings and improved efficiencies in patient / provider communications.
For this grant project, The Medical Foundation partnered with The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Challenge Grant recipient, NoMoreClipboard and MHIN, a regional health information exchange servicing communities in northern Indiana. Using Blue Button industry standards, MHIN sends lab results and other health data to the NoMoreClipboard patient portal, enabling patients to access and manage their personal health records online.
Other project successes stemming from this Challenge Grant project include:
- Cost savings — Instead of mailing patients their lab results, The Medical Foundation has transitioned to delivering patient lab results via the NoMoreClipboard portal, eliminating postage, paper and administrative mailing fees.
- Greater control of patient privacy and security — Eliminating the manual process of delivering patient lab results through traditional mailings and instead, relying on the data fed through MHIN’s HIE, the risk of privacy and security breaches is greatly reduced.
- Completeness of records — Since The Medical Foundation’s patient portal is supported by MHIN’s HIE, patients can maintain their records in one place and can share lab results with another physician or provider of their choosing, or even a family member or caregiver.
- Patient results delivered in real time — An e-mail notification is sent to the patient each time a new lab result is generated and uploaded to the PHR, streamlining the patient/provider communications process and empowering patients to have control over their own records.
“In addition to these many clinical benefits, The Medical Foundation will now to able to attest and meet meaningful use Stage 2 guidelines and will receive additional government incentives,” said Jeff Donnell, president of NoMoreClipboard. “MHIN helped us streamline patient health care information across various technology platforms in a secure environment and The Medical Foundation did a great job in leading the patient onboarding and training process.”
NoMoreClipboard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), is a web-based, Personal Health Record management system designed to consolidate medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy retrieval and updates. NMC enables consumers to share personal or family member medical information with medical professionals electronically, reducing the need for repetitive medical paperwork. For more information, visit