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Midwest HIEs Partner to
Develop Patient Centered Data Home

GLHC is participating in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator’s recently announced Cooperative Agreement program. The initiative, known as “The Heartland Project” will be undertaken in cooperation with the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) to create and test a concept called the Patient Centered Data Home™ (PCDH).  Participating organizations in the Heartland Project will share the award from HHS to pilot the PCDH over a period of 12 months.
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Covered by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

"Faster access to patient information results in improved emergency care"

The School of Public Health at the University of Michigan (UM) has announced the results of a study that examines the impact of real-time electronic access to patient health records for Emergency Department physicians at the point of care. The study, “Health information exchange associated with improved emergency department care through faster accessing of patient information from outside organizations” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association in August 2016.  This research conclusively demonstrates that real-time electronic access to patient information at the point of care allows physicians to make informed clinical decisions faster; thus decreasing the length of stay and reducing unnecessary and/or duplicative testing. This increased efficiency translates to more seamless care, improved outcomes, and lower healthcare costs.

This is good news for Michigan healthcare providers who use the GLHC Virtual Integrated Patient Record (VIPR). VIPR is a community-wide, longitudinal repository specific to the GLHC network. It contains statewide information unique to the patient from contributing organizations; like lab, radiology, pathology, ADT, and transcribed documents. These records can be accessed through a secure web viewer or from an organization’s electronic medical record system.

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2016 Summit Series: Flint



Thursday, November 17

Holiday Inn Flint – Grand Blanc Area
5353 Gateway Centre, Flint, MI 48507

8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Coffee and check in begins at 7:30 am

Healthcare ​thought ​leaders, ​medical ​practice ​staff, ​population ​health ​advocates, ​healthcare ​providers, ​and ​HIT ​professionals ​are ​gathering ​to ​network ​and ​educate ​ ​themselves ​about ​the ​value ​of ​health ​information ​exchange. ​Join ​colleagues ​from ​within ​your ​community ​at ​the ​GLHC ​Summit ​Series ​event ​held ​in ​Flint, ​MI.
Attendees ​will ​gain ​insights ​from ​healthcare ​providers ​using ​HIE ​technology ​and ​from ​HIT ​experts ​from ​across ​the ​continuum ​of ​care. ​Learn ​more ​about ​the ​many ​ways ​that ​GLHC ​assists ​organizations ​in ​meeting ​the ​demands ​of ​today’s ​connected ​healthcare ​landscape.
The ​event ​is ​free ​and ​includes ​light ​breakfast ​and ​lunch. ​All ​are ​welcome.

New Referral Application Participants

The following sites have joined the GLHC care-connected community this past month and are now part of the GLHC Referral community. More information, the complete list of live sites, and the Referrals User Guides are available at
  • Advanced Rehab and Pain Management – Kalamazoo
  • Baxter Community Center - Child Development Center
  • Comprehensive Urology
  • Family Foot and Ankle Center
  • Great Lakes Surgical Associates – Clare
  • Holland Hospital Center for Good Health


Virtual Update Meeting

In order to better communicate what is new and developing at Great Lakes Health Connect, we are going to offer two (2) half-hour update meetings per quarter. These Virtual Update Meetings will give us a timely and focused forum to share information across the state with our deployment and business leads as well as strategic partners.

The next Virtual Update Meeting is
Wednesday, November 9 from 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

  • Welcome – Mary Graham
  • Presentation: Referral Application: Best Practices and Upcoming Updates – Steve Spieker
  • Solution Updates – Mary Graham
  • Business Updates – Emmalilly Hoxsie
September 2016 Sides and Recording

Holiday Closings and Freezes

The GLHC office will be closed on the following days during the 2016 holiday season:
  • Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Friday, November 25, 2016
  • Monday, December 26, 2016
  • Monday, January 2, 2017
GLHC will recognize the weeks noted below as “Production Freeze”.
  • Monday, November 21 through Friday, November 25, 2016
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2, 2017
No PROD deployments and/or maintenance will occur during these times. All Integration Analysis, QA, and most Cert work will continue to the extent that resources are available.

Normal operations and scheduling will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

If a production emergency occurs, please call (844) 454 – 2443, select “Support” from the phone menu and you will be forwarded to an after-hours GLHC Support Team member.

Upcoming Conferences

GLHC Implementation Consultants and other Staff are attending and/or exhibiting at the following events/conferences. We look forward to seeing you there!
Michigan Critical Access Hospital Conference
November 10 -11, 2016
Shanty Creek Resort
Bellaire, MI
The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 19–23, 2017 in Orlando, brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.

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