COMMUNITY

PATIENTS - HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Benefits of participation

The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) is making an effort to streamline the healthcare process. If every doctor and hospital in Georgia has access to your medical records, they can see your medical history—including medications, diagnosis and conditions, lab and radiology results and allergies and immunizations.

The benefits of participating:

  • Saves Time: With GaHIN, physicians and other qualified health professionals will have patient information compiled from across systems quickly. This means less time searching, calling and faxing for information. It also reduces treatment delays for patients and allows healthcare providers to spend more time with patients.

  • Improves Care: With consistent information, physicians and other healthcare providers will get results and reports in one compiled format. Additionally, the patient's information will be more complete. This reduces errors and improves treatment recommendations.

  • Reduces Cost: More streamlined and comprehensive information reduces the chance for mistakes in ordering, or for duplicate tests. This reduces patients' out-of-pocket expenses for unnecessary medications, radiology tests, lab tests and hospitalizations.

  • GAHIN REDUCES TREATMENT DELAYS FOR PATIENTS AND ALLOWS HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH PATIENTS.

  • Enhances Privacy: With enhanced security protections above what is possible with paper records, and more controlled access to patient health information, patient privacy is better protected.

Opt-Out Instructions and implications

If your healthcare provider is participating in a health information exchange (HIE), that person is required to notify you of their participation at your next appointment or at the time of registration. At that time, or any other time, you have the choice to "opt out" of having your information shared through the health information exchange. You simply complete an opt-out form from your provider. If you opt-out, no healthcare provider can share your health record with other providers through the GaHIN network.

Opt Back In

If you opt-out, but change your mind, you can easily opt back into the system by contacting your provider. By giving permission to share your health information, providers will have access to your complete medical history to give you better care.