18 October 2016, Grand Rapids, Mich. – Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), Michigan’s leading health information exchange (HIE), 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.
The Heartland Project is being led by The Health Collaborative, a HIE based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Five other Midwest HIEs, in addition to GLHC, are participating in the initiative. They include the Indiana Health Information Exchange based in Indianapolis, Ind., HealthLINC based in Bloomington, Ind., East Tennessee Health Information Network based in Knoxville, Tenn., Michiana Health Information Network based in South Bend, Ind., and The Kentucky Health Information Exchange based in Frankfort, Ky.
“As a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare, GLHC is proud to partner with The Health Collaborative, SHIEC and other HIEs to advance network sharing across state lines,” said Doug Dietzman, Executive Director of GLHC. “We are proud to participate in efforts that support a system-wide sharing of health information with the aim of improving the quality of healthcare delivery, increasing patient safety, decreasing medical errors, and strengthening the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.”
Incomplete treatment and medical history information is commonplace in today’s healthcare settings, specifically, when a patient seeks treatment away from home. Records are often available electronically from HIE organizations; but to access that data, the treating medical team needs to know exactly where it is stored. If the patient is unconscious, or forgets about a past episode, those data requests are hit and miss, wasting valuable time and degrading care quality. PCDH is the solution to this problem. It is a cost-effective, scalable method of exchanging patient data among HIEs. PCDH enables providers to access real-time information across state and regional lines and puts into practice the vision that clinical data should be available whenever, and wherever, care occurs.
“We are proud to be part of a network of regional technology pioneers advancing heath information exchange. It was the foresight of our local health systems’ leaders some 15 years ago that lead us to this place where we are viewed as leaders in collaborative digital health solutions,” said Craig Brammer, CEO, The Health Collaborative.
About Great Lakes Health Connect:
Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) is among the leading providers of health information exchange services in the nation. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, GLHC seamlessly and securely facilitates the transmission of more than a billion messages annually across 129 health systems and nearly 4,000 primary, secondary, and allied care provider offices across the state. The community-based nonprofit is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare information by creating care-connected communities across Michigan and beyond. For more information, visit www.gl-hc.org.
About Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) – The National Trade Association for Health Information Exchange Organizations
The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) is a nonprofit national consortium of statewide, regional and community health information exchanges (HIEs) and a trade association that assists member organizations through the exchange of ideas and business practices as well as through public education and advocacy. The SHIEC member regional and community HIEs serve as the community data trustee to facilitate community and regional health information exchange among participants across disparate health care systems. For more information, visit www.strategichie.com.
About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about the Health Collaborative, visit www.healthcollab.org. In April 2015, the Health Collaborative, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, and HealthBridge merged into a single organization now known as The Health Collaborative.
About U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator:
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.