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Great Lakes Health Connect Partners with DrFirst to Deliver Medication History Data to Providers Statewide

DrFirst’s MedHx Tool Improves Patient Safety, Clinical Outcomes

November 10, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI and Rockville, MD

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), Michigan’s largest Health Information Exchange (HIE), is now making available to its more than 120 member hospitals and their physician providers DrFirst’s MedHxSM

MedHx will provide GLHC participating providers with access to a rich stream of data producing an in-depth picture of their patients’ medication histories. MedHx delivers a comprehensive medication history, including industry-standard resources for medication claims and pharmacy fill data. As a result, the medication reconciliation process is faster and more accurate; encouraging improved patient safety and better clinical outcomes.

In addition to industry-standard data, MedHx also includes DrFirst’s proprietary Wide Area Patient Search (WAPS) data network. The WAPS network aggregates incremental prescribing data from DrFirst’s network of providers, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) partners, and hosted payer data.

“DrFirst’s MedHx tool simply provides better, richer and more comprehensive data in Michigan than any other service on the market,” said GLHC Executive Director Doug Dietzman. “We are focused on bringing the best services possible to Michigan and our members. Our decision to incorporate MedHx functionality into our Medicity platform is a reflection of this commitment.”

“Great Lakes Health Connect is dedicated to providing innovative health technology solutions to Michigan providers,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. “By offering MedHx to its HIE members, GLHC ensures that physicians within their system can save time and avoid errors that may result from incomplete patient medication histories, and also lays a foundation for flexible and comprehensive services in the future.”

Great Lakes Health Connect and DrFirst went live in October with Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Spectrum Health Ludington hospitals. These sites will be using the MedHx technology in their Emergency Room, Ambulatory Surgery, MSP, Critical Care Unit, Obstetric, and Inpatient Rehabilitation departments.

Media Contacts:

Ellie Whims

301-231-9510 Ext: 2808

George Bosnjak

Great Lakes Health Connect


About Great Lakes Health Connect
Great Lakes Health Connect is the largest provider of health information exchange in Michigan, serving 120 hospitals, over 10,000 independent and employed providers, and diverse providers in the Midwest including Federally Qualified Health Clinics, Community Mental Health and long-term care facilities. The nationally recognized, community-based nonprofit is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare by facilitating the authorized and secure electronic access and retrieval of critical clinical information to healthcare providers.

About DrFirst
DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing the doctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security, and reliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Communication and Collaboration. We are proud of our record of accomplishment of service to more than 45,000 providers, 300 EMR/EHR vendors, and 650 hospitals, which serve a patient population of more than 20 million.

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