Persuant to Public Act 137 of 2006, the HIT Commission is enabled to "develop and maintain a strategic plan in accordance with subsection (2) to guide the implementation of an interoperable health information technology system that will reduce medical errors, improve quality of care, and produce greater value for health care expenditures."
In 2006, the State of Michigan published the Conduit to Care report to guide its strategic direction and planning for HIT.
In 2019, the HIT Commission adopted a resolution to the update the State health IT strategic plan.
The Health IT Commission, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), has been awarded a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. In the coming months, the HIT Commission will develop plans to engage stakeholders across the state to inform a Michigan 5-Year HIT Roadmap. The Roadmap will:
- Guide prioritization and governance of the public/private investments made in Michigan’s health IT and health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure
- Advance the State’s goals, including health improvement and healthcare transformation
- Extend the work of the State’s 2006 HIT Roadmap, the Conduit to Care Report
- Set the vision for expanded data services that will provide meaningful insights to inform clinical care, drive population health improvements, and engage individuals in their own health and care with connected social support services.
The Roadmap is expected to be completed by Spring 2021, with a synthesis of stakeholders’ views on the “current state” and “desired future state” of HIT and HIE services in Michigan, and actionable recommendations for Michigan policymakers, healthcare and community organizations, state and local government agencies, and information technology service providers. A primary focus of the Roadmap is centered on identifying strategies for better meeting the needs of individual patients, clients, caregivers, and family members.
About the Health Fund: The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and older adults. The foundation has five annual grant programs. For more information about the Health Fund and its grantmaking, visit mihealthfund.org.
Call to Action
This project requires cross-cutting stakeholder collaboration to ensure the current capabilities, challenges, and aspirations are captured to inform the desired future state vision.
- Beginning in late June, and continuing through early 2021, the consulting firm CedarBridge Group will be reaching out to stakeholders across the state with invitations to participate in interactive “focus group” webinars, electronic surveys, and individual/small group interviews. The engagement and environmental scan activities will be conducted through remote conferencing technology to protect the health of all participants during the COVID pandemic.
- Your feedback is welcomed, valued, and needed! The HIT Commission is actively working to identify stakeholders to engage for input. If you do not see your organization or sector represented in outreach plans, please inquire or comment at public HIT Commission meetings.
CedarBridge Group will partner with organizations representing providers, patients, and other organizations from each sector in the diverse Michigan health and social service ecosystem.
If your organization would like to be included, please use the contact information below to request your organization be added.
This section provides information on previously scheduled activities for the Michigan Health IT roadmap
2020 "Connecting and Innovating for Better Health" Stakeholder Engagement Forum Series
In partnership with the Health IT Commission and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CedarBridge Group hosted a series of 16 virtual, online stakeholder forums to collect input on what should be included in an update 5-Year Health IT Roadmap for Michigan.
Stakeholders interested in the future health IT functionality, data availability, digital tools and the use of these technologies attended a series of events, occurring in two phases:
- Statewide Discovery Forums: Topics and content will be discussed at the state-wide level and collaboration will occur between participants from all regions of Michigan
- Regional Focus Forums: Discoveries made at the state-wide level will be developed into regional breakout sessions where further collaboration will be made between participants in the same region of Michigan
Each forum focused on a subject of topical interest. Please refer to the following list of topics and presentation from each forum meeting.
- Reflections on Health IT During a Global Pandemic: Information Technology Needs and Gaps for Public Health
- Coordinating During Crisis: Information Technology Needs and Gaps for Emergency Services
- Connecting All Points of Care: Information Technology Needs and Gaps for Behavioral Health Services
- Using Data to Drive Outcomes: Information Technology Needs and Gaps for Quality Improvement Efforts
- Bridging the Digital Divide: Information Technology Needs and Gaps to address Racial Disparities and Social Determinants of Health
- Resident and Advocate Perspectives on Health IT for Person-Centered Care
- Coordinating Care for the Vulnerable Information Technology Needs and Gaps for Aging and Disability Services
- Give All Kids a Healthy Start: Information Technology Needs and Gaps for Maternal, Infant and Children’s Services
For information on additional forum content, please contact Trevor Youngquist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This section provides information on scheduled activities for the Michigan health IT roadmap
Throughout 2021, the commission will be engaging stakeholders to validate a draft roadmap document. Please check this page during the coming weeks for more information.
We welcome your feedback and input!
- For general questions about the Michigan health IT roadmap or the project's progress, please contact Don Ross, CedarBridge Project Director (email@example.com)
- For information on outreach and engagement, how to be included as a stakeholder and contribute feedback, please contact Jamal Furqan, CedarBridge Consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- For additional information or resources, please contact Trevor Youngquist, MDHHS Health IT Commission Facilitator (email@example.com)