$1 million in federal funds to advance patient care improvements

LANSING — The Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) have partnered to leverage more than $1 million in federal funds to continue the statewide integration of electronic health record systems and pharmacy dispensation systems with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).

“Every Michigander deserves quality, efficient care, and using this funding to upgrade technology will take us one step closer to reaching that goal,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “This funding will help us fight the opioid epidemic that has devastated families across the state and ensure our health care providers have the resources and information they need to better serve their patients. I look forward to working with these departments to help Michiganders across the state access the care they need.”

The integrations project initially started in June 2017, however, its funding was slated to end Aug. 31. With additional grant funding, continued commitment from MDHHS and ongoing collaboration with LARA, this project will be extended through Aug. 31, 2020.

The $1 million in federal funding received by MDHHS will allow LARA, which administers MAPS, to continue ongoing integrations and any new integrations for Michigan health systems, physician groups and pharmacies.

To date, more than 49,000 prescribers and 3,500 pharmacists affiliated with health systems, hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies are integrated with the MAPS. This includes more than 100 hospitals, 2,700 provider offices, and 500 pharmacies.

Health systems currently integrated include local hospitals: Ascension, Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Health Care..

Details: Visit Michigan.gov/mimapsinfo. G.G.