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North Ottawa and Mecosta County link to Michigan Health Connect

January 23, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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North Ottawa and Mecosta County hospitals join Michigan Health Connect
North Ottawa Community Hospital is an 81 bed acute care hospital in Grand Haven. Photo via fb.com

North Ottawa Community Health System in Grand Haven and Mecosta County Medical Center in Big Rapids have joined Michigan Health Connect, a secure electronic network of patient records.

Michigan Health Connect is the state’s largest health information exchange, and the two hospitals can send patients’ health records and reports through the electronic network that includes 57 other hospitals, 1,551 medical offices and more than 7,000 individual health care providers statewide.

In Grand Haven, the North Ottawa system will be connecting to dozens of physicians in the community.

“Patients today see more than one physician, often in various locations,” said Joe Abbott, director of information systems at North Ottawa. “Michigan Health Connect ensures that no matter where our patients seek care — whether inside our continuum of care in Grand Haven or beyond — their health record can be accessed.”

Mecosta County Medical Center is using the system to connect its hospital offices with its long-term care facility.

“For older patients and those with debilitating chronic conditions, it’s vital to transfer their complete medical records as fast as possible,” said Mike Miller, director of information technology at the Mecosta County Medical Center.

Michigan Health Connect was founded in Grand Rapids in 2009 by Spectrum Health, Trinity Health and Metro Health. It is a nationally recognized, community based nonprofit organization.

“Connectivity is essential to make the health care system in Michigan work more effectively and more efficiently for patients and providers,” said Doug Dietzman, executive director of Michigan Health Connect. “When health care providers receive timely, complete patient information, they can deliver better care as cost-effectively as possible.”

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