Q&A: Great Lakes Health’s Doug Dietzman Touts Data Sharing in Times of Crisis

August 13, 2018 | 3:31 pm

August 9, 2019

Dan BowmanHealthTech Magazine


“The flow of information in a safe, secure and efficient manner is paramount to the delivery of high-quality healthcare. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Great Lakes Health Connect (a health information exchange, or HIE, that counts 129 hospitals across the state as participants) offers tools and services to help healthcare organizations connect and share data for both everyday patient care and broader population health efforts.

“We want to make sure that when we as individuals move from place to place, from a healthcare standpoint, our data can follow us wherever we go,” says Doug Dietzman, executive director for GLHC, which currently holds information for 9.8 million people in its master person index.

HealthTech spoke to Dietzman about data security and storage, GLHC’s biggest challenges, the benefits of HIEs, and the organization’s ongoing efforts focusing on the opioid crisis and clean water.”


Nobody is mandated to work with us, and we have to be able to demonstrate that we’re doing everything we can possibly do at the highest level to keep the information secure.