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It’s been just over two years since Manifest MedEx formed to connect health information for patients and providers across the state of California. The statewide network now has more than 400 participating hospitals, health plans and provider organizations exchanging information in real time for 17 million people — approximately 40% of Californians. By unlocking health data from silos, Manifest MedEx is helping health leaders reduce costs, enhance care and improve patient experience.

Manifest MedEx helps physicians, hospitals, and health plans across California meet their goals of improving quality, reducing cost, and enhancing patient experience according to the company. “Less than two years since launch, MX participating providers have already demonstrated improvements in patient outcomes and reductions in readmission rates through the use of MX data and services.”

Recently, Manifest MedEx has been selected by the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) for $4.9 million in grant funding to develop and implement interoperable health information exchange between emergency ambulance service providers and hospitals.

Manifest MedEx will work together with six EMS agencies, 13 EMS providers, and 16 hospitals to cover eight counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Fresno, Tulare, San Joaquin, Merced, Amador, Stanislaus, Calaveras) and more than 7.6 million Californians following the Office of the National Coordinator’s model for Search, Alert, File, Reconcile(SAFR) capabilities under this grant. By connecting EMS providers and their emergency department partners through SAFR, the nonprofit network will enable data-informed emergency care in the field, real-time notification to hospitals of incoming patients, and seamless data transfer between electronic patient care records and hospital electronic health records. Starting with a two-year program, this work is designed to create capabilities that can be scaled to other California communities in the future.

“Ambulance service is an incredibly critical point for patient communication,” said Erica Galvez, chief strategy officer of Manifest MedEx. “On transport, patients may be unconscious and unable to communicate their serious allergies and medical history details. On arrival to the emergency department, providers need access to details from paramedics to act safely and quickly. Manifest MedEx is honored to be selected by EMSA as a trusted partner for seamlessly delivering life-saving health information when California patients are at their most vulnerable.”

Additional progress since last summer:

  • Grown to include more than 70 hospital participants and five health plans

  • Rolled out a $60,000 per hospital bonus program for participants that join the network before May 31, 2019

  • Profiled in Modern Healthcare by ACO participant that was able to reduce ER visits and improve post-discharge follow-up using MX data and services

  • Added new major participants Health Net, Scripps Health, and AHMC Healthcare

  • Transitioned to a scalable new technology infrastructure with partners InterSystems, Verato, HBI Solutions, Audacious Inquiry, NextGate, and CareCom

  • Added Paul Biberkraut as chief financial officer (formerly of Pacific Partners Management Services) and Sandra Parker as general counsel and chief privacy officer (formerly of The Permanente Medical Group)

  • Presented on their innovative utility model for health data exchange at HIMSS and SXSW conferences

Later this summer, Manifest MedEx will launch a new suite of MX Analyze tools to help providers put network data to work for their patients. Free for all small practice providers, these population health management and analytics tools will assist in identifying patients missing crucial preventive care or most in need of care coordination and other support.

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