Largest health information exchanges in Michigan agree to share vital health records

Oct 29, 2013, 08:33 ET from Great Lakes Health Information Exchange

Improved patient care, administrative efficiencies are goals of Michigan Health Connect-Great Lakes Health Information Exchange plan

GRAND RAPIDS and EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More Michigan physicians and other healthcare providers than ever before will be able to share medical records electronically under an agreement between the Great Lakes Health Information Exchange and Michigan Health Connect.



The collaboration between the state's two largest providers of health information exchange means that medical professionals treating about half the people in Michigan will have immediate access to vital medical information via a secure electronic network. More than 3,000 provider offices and 96 hospitals are involved.

"This is an important advancement for healthcare in Michigan," said Doug Dietzman, executive director of Michigan Health Connect. "It means that most of the clinical information exchanged electronically throughout Michigan will be handled by this new, expanded network. Such coordination is vital to improving healthcare in this state and beyond."

Electronic health information exchange is being implemented across the country to ensure that physicians, hospitals and other medical professionals have access to a patient's complete medical record – no matter where that patient seeks treatment. It provides better care for patients and cost-saving efficiencies for providers.

Benefiting are patients and physicians in places like Ann Arbor, where the University of Michigan Medical Center was served by the Great Lakes Health Information Exchange and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital was served by Michigan Health Connect, said Carol Parker, executive director of the Great Lakes Health Information Exchange.

"Now both hospitals, serving the same community, can exchange clinical information with no technological barriers," Parker said. "Being part of this agreement is important because it's the logical next step to providing optimal patient care."

About Michigan Health Connect
Michigan Health Connect is the largest provider of health information exchange in Michigan, serving 82 hospitals, over 400 medical offices, more than 17,000 individual providers and diverse providers statewide including Federally Qualified Health Clinics, Community Mental Health and long-term care facilities. The nationally recognized, community-based nonprofit works to enhance patient care by improving access to timely, secure clinical information while streamlining administrative functions for providers. For more information see

About the Great Lakes Health Information Exchange
The Great Lakes Health Information Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare by facilitating the authorized and secure electronic access and retrieval of critical clinical information to healthcare providers. With more than 3 million individuals in their master patient index, GLHIE continues to expand into new communities and forge partnerships across Michigan. More at

Contact: Sharon Emery, Truscott Rossman, 517-896-7075 or
Carol Parker, GLHIE, 517-347-3373

SOURCE Great Lakes Health Information Exchange