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Health information exchange produces summit

August 15, 2016
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Great Lakes Health Connect, or GLHC, is a nonprofit health information exchange, or HIE, based in Grand Rapids. Photo via

Health care professionals will have an opportunity to share ideas about using technology to improve public health tomorrow during a nonprofit’s annual summit.

Great Lakes Health Connect, or GLHC, in Grand Rapids, a health information exchange, or HIE, is hosting a free West Michigan regional summit focused on leveraging HIEs to create “care-connected communities.”

The summit is scheduled for Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Great West Hall of the Prince Conference and Event Center at Calvin College.

GLHC works with a network of 128 hospitals and 4,000 primary, specialty and allied care organizations.

The summit

Doug Dietzman, GLHC’s executive director, said the purpose of the summit is to get people together “within their own community” to collectively look at ways to utilize HIEs to improve patient care and outcomes.

Dr. Cara Poland, lead physician at the Spectrum Health Center for Integrated Medicine, will serve as the summit’s keynote speaker.

Poland will provide her perspective on the challenges of treating at-risk chronically complex patients and the advantages of an integrated care approach for improving care quality, outcomes and reduced costs.

“The overriding theme is building care-connected communities — how do we do that,” Dietzman said.

He said there will also be a panel discussion examining public health from a broad perspective and emphasize how GLHC’s tools can help.

The panel will feature several people: Sue Vos, RN, program director at the Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement; Brad Clegg, DO, CMIO at Metro Health Hospital; Maureen Kirkwood, president and executive director at Health Net of West Michigan; and Dan Ford, independent patient safety advocate.

There will also be five breakout sessions.

Dietzman said the summit is open to anyone involved in the health care ecosystem who's interested in learning more about health information exchanges.

GLHC is producing summits in other Michigan cities this year, which will be focused on similar themes.

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