Great Lakes Health Information Exchange has received full accreditation for meeting best practices for HIEs under a program from the industry-sponsored Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.

East Lansing, Mich.-based Great Lakes HIE serves 14 hospitals and affiliated providers in mid-Michigan and has three million individuals in its master patient index. It received accreditation for meeting specific criteria in such areas as privacy and security, technical performance, business practices and organizational resources. Vendor partners of the HIE include Optum, eHealth Technologies and the Kryptiq unit of Surescripts.

Great Lakes HIE recently agreed to electronically connect to Michigan Health Connect, the state’s largest HIE serving 82 hospitals and 2,000 medical offices across multiple sections of the state, particularly in the west. Three other HIEs operate in the state.

Michiana Health Information Network in South Bend, Ind.; Community Health Information Collaborative in Duluth, Minn.; and the Utah Health Information Network also have received full HIE accreditation from EHNAC. The organization in August finalized new criteria for its 15 accreditation programs to reflect expanding use of cloud computing and changes in the HIPAA Omnibus rule.

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