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Meet Greater Houston Healthconnect, dedicated to helping link health communities in Houston and across Southeast Texas.

If there is one thing that stands out about Greater Houston Healthconnect it’s the size of their service area — it’s Texas-sized in terms of geography and population. If you just consider the City of Houston, it’s the largest city in Texas — with a population of over 2.19 million people. And the Houston metropolitan area covers more land area than the state of New Jersey — and nearly as much as Massachusetts!

Yet Greater Houston Healthconnect has expanded far beyond just Houston. It now reaches east to the Louisiana border, incorporating the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area, as well as Galveston County and Galveston Island on the Gulf Coast, Sugarland to the South, Katy to the West and Huntsville to the North. In total Greater Houston Healthconnect now serves almost 7 million residents, making it one of the largest organizations of its kind, far exceeding the size of many statewide Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

Energy has sustained the Houston-Beaumont region’s economy through the Great Recession. For example, in 2012 the International Monetary Fund reports that Houston’s economic output exceeded the GDP of many major countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria, Chile, Hong Kong, Portugal and New Zealand.

And Houston’s economy is diversifying. Houston’s healthcare business is now a key economic driver in the greater Houston region. Case in point: Houston is home to the world-famous Texas Medical Center, the largest such medical center in the world. The Houston region also boasts numerous major teaching hospitals and important research facilities, like the Galveston National Laboratory, which — as one of the two national bio-containment laboratories in the USA — researches the world’s most dangerous disease pathogens, like Ebola virus and MERS.

The region is also very multicultural, with immigrants from every part of the globe calling Houston home.

Texas Counties Served by Healthconnect

Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Wharton

Since the first Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) institutions joined the system — Legacy Community Health Services in Houston and in Beaumont — Healthconnect has continued to grow steadily.

Today Healthconnect serves many of the leading healthcare systems in the region as well as smaller, regional healthcare providers.

Ultimately, Greater Houston Healthconnect wants to connect all of the area’s healthcare providers and medical institutions — some 130 hospitals and 16,000 physicians — so that every patient’s longitudinal record will be virtually complete. Healthconnect is committed to supporting clinical integration for true continuity of care across the continuum at every venue of care.

To learn more about Great Houston Healthconnect, visit the Healthconnect Website.

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