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MI HIE Introduces Alerts for Social Determinants of Health

GLHC in Michigan will now alert providers of social determinants of health key to patient care delivery.

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By Kate Monica

- Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) has chosen Holon Solutions to assist in delivering alerts and referrals to providers involving data on social determinants of health.  

The effort is part of a plan by the health information exchange to fulfill the aims of state standards for provider management of Medicaid populations.

GLHC comprises 129 hospitals and more than 4,000 primary, specialty, and allied healthcare organizations. The HIE includes longitudinal health records for nearly nine million unique patients.

Holon will provide GLHC with its data solution CollaborNet to integrate clinical and non-clinical data—including social determinants of health—into the exchange. The solution will also provide clinicians with health data in the form of alerts embedded into provider clinical workflows.

“Holon takes the sea of data and makes it very relevant to a specific patient and his or her needs,” said GLHC Executive Director Doug Dietzman. “This is critical, because our users are looking to us to help them solve their very local problems.”

“We want to constantly anticipate answers to, ‘How do we advance the care and experience for this patient in front of us today?’ and ‘How can we be more intuitive and make providers’ lives easier?’” he continued.

The solutions provider will also allow providers to seamlessly refer patients to community organizations capable of assisting with social health issues including transportation and housing.

 “GLHC has established itself as a leader in the national HIE space,” said Bryant Castleton, CEO at Holon. “We’re very excited to be working with an organization that’s so committed to serving patients’ unique needs, in a state that is committed to healthcare as not just physical, but also mental and social health,” said Holon CEO Bryant Castleton. “We’ve tailored our product’s referral functionality for GLHC’s mass deployment, to allow physicians to refer patients seamlessly not just to other physicians, but to community organizations that assist with social health needs.”

GLHC has previously made efforts to incorporate new technologies into the exchange to enhance patient care in 2017.

Earlier this year, GLHC partnered with Lakeland Health System to allow EHR users at the Michigan healthcare organization to query patient immunizations in the Michigan Care Improvement Registry directly.

“While we don’t see ourselves as technology pioneers, given our long relationship with GLHC, combined with the promise of easier access to the state immunization registry, early adoption of this patient centric technology made great sense to us,” said Vice President of Clinical Integration Kenneth O’Neill, MD.

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