Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services and Great Lakes Health Connect Merge to Enhance Health Data Sharing
Partnerships and mergers between HIEs in the same states and regions can help to dramatically expand health data sharing capabilities, while also enhancing operational capabilities between organizations.
This is the core vision behind a new integration between Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) and Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), which was announced last week.
“This strategic integration stays true to both organizations’ missions to continuously improve healthcare quality, efficiency and patient safety by promoting secure, electronic exchange of health information with the best available technology,” said Tim Pletcher, DHA, Executive Director of MiHIN, in the press release. “Both of our organizations have helped establish Michigan as a national leader in interoperability, and now we have the opportunity to work together on future innovations in this field.”
“We have watched each organization succeed on its own, but there comes a time when you have to reflect and examine why we’re working independently on the same mission. We asked ourselves, ‘Would we be stronger together?’ The answer was undoubtedly yes,” said Doug Dietzman, Chief Executive Officer of GLHC.
Last year, we recorded a RosettaHealth podcast interview with Pletcher, where he discussed the current state and future of health data exchange, and provided an update on vendor data blocking.
“Our mission is pretty simple; we are the focal point for the integration for all data sharing that happens in the state with the goal of making information available at the point of care,” said Pletcher in the podcast interview. “We are moving towards being an ecosystem that ensures information gets to the right people securely and in a usable way that keeps the constituents of Michigan as healthy as possible.”
Listen to the full interview below:
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