Michigan Health Connect, a large regional health information exchange, is connecting fire departments and emergency medical services to its network that links 67 hospitals including eight delivery systems, and ancillary providers across the lower peninsula of the state.

The Grand Rapids-based HIE is using connectivity software from Austin, Texas-based ESO Solutions Inc. to enable emergency personnel to transmit patient data to a hospital while in route, says Doug Dietzman, executive director of Michigan Health Connect.

The HIE uses the information exchange platform of the Medicity unit of Aetna. Participating delivery systems include Ascension Health, Beaumont Health System, Lakeland Health System, McLaren Health Care, Metro Health, Northern Michigan Regional Health System, Spectrum Health and Trinity Health. Forty of the 67 hospitals, which include many independent facilities, are live. About 1,600 ambulatory offices are participants, receiving HIE services for free while other stakeholders pay.

Other participants include Dow Chemical, two health plans, two durable medical equipment vendors and Kent County Community Mental Health. The HIE is privately funded and operated. More information is available here.

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