Supporting the Care Community with Real-Time Patient Data
There are many different organizations involved in providing care to individuals – some of them obvious, such as a physician or hospital, and some not so obvious, such as payers, employers, long-term care facilities and even ambulances.
In order to ensure patients receive the best possible care, the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) connects a wide range of care providers giving providers access to timely patient information at the point of care, regardless of where that might be.
Supporting Veteran Care
GaHIN is connected with the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), facilitating information exchange between VA and non-VA providers in Georgia. Veterans often see specialists and other providers in their community for specialized care. GaHIN provides access for those community providers to the veteran’s health records. Additionally, their community health records can be incorporated into their VA health records.
Benefits to veterans include:
- Reduced burden of managing paper records
- Immediate access to healthcare information
- Reduced chances of duplicate tests
- Increased safety with a more complete medical record, including medications and allergies
- Savings of time and money
- Improve health outcomes and care quality
In a School? Yes, in a School!
One way GaHIN is supporting interoperability and the exchange of patient information is through a unique school program that uses telehealth to connect schools with providers. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recognized GaHIN for its work with the Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth to implement a query-based HIE for school nurses and care providers in rural Georgia county school systems.
GaHIN was featured in the ONC’s Bright Spots Initiative which is designed to identify and disseminate successful HIE implementation practices and approaches at the state and local level. Read the article.
Is Participation in GaHIN Right for You?
Whether you’re a physical therapist, hospice provider, nursing home or physician, joining GaHIN can give you access to more information so you can deliver better care. Contact us and we’ll help you find the best way to connect.