Health information exchange adds nonprofit


Great Lakes Health Connect, or GLHC, is a nonprofit health information exchange, or HIE, based in Grand Rapids. Photo via

A Grand Rapids-based health information exchange provider has added a health care nonprofit under its umbrella.

Earlier this month, Making Choices Michigan’s board of directors approved the integration of its day-to-day operations with Great Lakes Health Connect, which went into effect Sept. 1. MCM is acting as a wholly-owned subsidiary of GLHC but maintains individual mission and leadership. GLHC Executive Director Doug Dietzman has added executive oversight of MCM to his responsibilities.

“The potential to leverage our combined resources to improve access to critical health information, including Advance Directives, across the state is really exciting”, Dietzman said. “Our organizations will be better and stronger together, which is a positive thing for the people of Michigan.”

MCM is a nonprofit founded in 2010, with its mission to facilitate advanced health care planning for West Michigan. With the addition of MCM, GLHC has established an online repository for ACP documents. Organizations that work with MCM to collect ACP information can upload the documents to GLHC’s community health record and, in turn, health care providers can access and use that information at point of care.

“GLHC’s nonprofit status and mission-focused approach to facilitating the seamless flow of information for people across Michigan is highly complementary to our own business model,” MCM community coordinator Carol Robinson said.

GLHC facilitates the transmission of more than 1 billion messages annually between 129 hospitals and more than 4,000 care providers across the state.

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