Olympia Medical Services to Participate With Michigan Health Connect

Metro Detroit Physician Organization Will Leverage State-wide HIE

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Michigan Health Connect (MHC) is pleased to announce that Olympia Medical Services has decided to extend MHC’s health information exchange (HIE) solutions to its physician membership. Olympia Medical Services is comprised of more than 500 physicians serving patients in southeast Michigan, with many of its physicians on the medical staff at both Garden City Hospital and Botsford Hospital. This participation will further enhance the quality and coordination of care that Olympia physicians provide to their patients.

“Our goal in evaluating technology solutions was to focus on connectivity of information so that we could be ready for the future,” said Randall Bickle, D.O., CEO of Olympia Medical Services. “While we may not have common electronic medical record (EMR) systems with other providers, we can now exchange referral information in a timely manner, and avoid costly rework and repetitive testing for a better continuity of care for patients. Better communication means better care. With MHC we anticipate improved quality of care, fewer readmissions and cost containment at a time when cost and quality are the key drivers in health care.”

MHC will enable Olympia Medical Services to link its EMR system to other health care providers in the extensive MHC network so that patient information can be available in various locations as well as make the process of referrals between providers more efficient and secure. Optimal care delivery and coordination is extremely challenging in the paper/phone/fax based environment that has existed for years in health care organizations.

Participating with MHC also will allow Olympia to further enhance the adoption of electronic tools and connectivity with the larger Michigan healthcare eco-system wherever their patients decide to go—from St. Joseph to Petoskey, Port Huron to Grand Rapids.

“I look forward to working with Olympia Medical Services as it realizes the benefits and potential of Michigan Health Connect,” said Doug Dietzman, MHC Executive Director. “By joining a health information exchange, Olympia’s physicians will have a smarter work environment thanks to the connectivity with other providers and greater efficiencies. Ultimately, this will translate into high quality care for their patients.”

About Michigan Health Connect

Michigan Health Connect is a nonprofit corporation founded to advance the delivery and coordination of patient-focused health care across the state of Michigan as well as to encourage the adoption of EMR systems in provider offices and facilitate their meaningful use.

Now composed of 49 member hospitals, MHC is the largest clinical messaging exchange in Michigan having connected over 700 provider offices and over 2,800 providers with a combination of electronic results delivery, laboratory ordering, radiology ordering, and referrals management solutions either directly from the provider’s EMR system or MHC tools for paper-based offices. These exchange tools are available to community providers at no cost as a result of the support and investment of the participating member organizations.

Current charter members include Ascension Health, Beaumont Hospitals, Lakeland Health System, McLaren Health Care, Metro Health, Northern Michigan Regional Health System, Spectrum Health, and Trinity Health. For more information, please visit www.michiganhealthconnect.org.

About Olympia Medical Services

Olympia Medical Services brings together more than 500 gifted physicians with an evidence-based approach to providing each individual patient the most effective medical treatments. The group practices patient-centered care with a focus on providing the highest quality, most effective health care at a cost that remains reasonable. Olympia Medical Services puts patients first with premium care that’s centered on the whole person. The group serves as the primary medical staff at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Michigan and Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It also cares for patients at dozens of physician offices and outpatient locations throughout Metro Detroit.


Doug Dietzman
Executive Director
(616) 588-4700
[email protected]

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