In November 2019, the teams at Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) and Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) received some shocking news … GLHC and MiHIN are MERGING! Then we received a quick etymology lesson, we are not “merging”, we are “affiliating”. As an affiliate of MiHIN, GLHC will be a wholly owned subsidiary. For this reason, the arrangement is neither an acquisition nor a merger. These words have legal and financial implications that do not accurately reflect the nature of our new relationship.
Nevertheless, we have now all warmed to the idea. The integration of people, process, and technology formally began at a kick off meeting in early January. Over 200 staff members and interns gathered in Lansing to discuss our shared mission, vision, and values as a combined organization.
As we work to integrate operations, we all easily agreed on the importance of keeping the needs of our clients first. We will stay true to our customers and to ourselves. The complementary nature of our united resources makes for a powerful combination. We are excited for what 2020 will bring!
Both GLHC and MiHIN are dedicated to improving the healthcare experience for Michigan patients, healthcare organizations, and communities. Moreover, we are building and supporting a network that facilitates statewide exchange of health information to enhance patient care, improve workflow, and decrease the overall cost of care. Our mission is to make essential clinical information available at the point of care.
- Passionate and Determined – We strive to be high performing, focused, problem solvers who actively pursue growth and learning.
- Inventive and Inspiring – We seek diversity of thought, to be curious, to have an adventurous spirit, and to have fun.
- Respectful and Humble – We will maintain a positive team environment that builds integrity and maintains trust.
Speaking of (high) performing and having fun … Check out our poetic and musical talents!
MiHIN and GLHC staff reading a poem on January 7, 2020 at the FIRST All Staff Meeting!
MiHIN and GLHC staff performing on January 7, 2020 at the FIRST All Staff Meeting!
The Future of GLHC and MiHIN
Thanks for sticking around as we figure out who we are together. Every member of our networks is important to us and we look forward to continuing to provide excellent health information exchange services.