A health information exchange (HIE) allows health care professionals and patients to access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically. There are many health care delivery scenarios driving the technology behind the different forms of health information exchange available today.
Georgia’s Statewide HIE
The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) is the State-Designated Entity for the State of Georgia's HIE. Created as a public-private partnership under the leadership of the Department of Community Health (DCH), Health IT Unit, GaHIN electronically connects Georgia hospitals, physicians, clinicians, payers, wellness partners and other health care stakeholders to exchange patient health information though a secure network.
GaHIN Vision: To create a healthier Georgia through the use and exchange of electronic health information to improve patient-centered health care, increase efficiencies and improve the health of the state’s entire population.
GaHIN Mission: To facilitate a statewide health information network for Georgia that is trusted and valued by all stakeholders; works to improve health care coordination and reduces costs; and establishes a solid foundation for long-term financial sustainability.
GaHIN Purpose: To close the patient information gap across care settings by electronically connecting disparate systems and data sources to support improved quality of care, better health outcomes and reductions in cost.
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GaHIN Webinar Series
GaHIN 2021 Webinars
How COVID-19 Has Changed Healthcare Delivery
The medical industry has been uniquely affected by COVID-19, with providers, practices and hospitals challenged to deliver high-quality patient care while protecting their personnel and remaining financially viable. During this webinar you will hear how (hospital TBD) has adjusted to this new normal.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The New Technology Powering Georgia ConnectedCare
During the first few months of 2021, GaHIN’s core technology will undergo a transformation. Learn about why the change was necessary, the steps in the transition process that may impact you, and what new features and strengths the technology will offer Georgia providers.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
It’s Time to Fire Your Fax Machine
GeorgiaDirect secure email messaging is helping practices statewide reduce their use of fax machines, safe administrative time and improve patient privacy. This online email service is not only easy to use, but also HIPAA compliant and available at no charge to authorized providers. GeorgiaDirect offers an ideal way to securely share patient information with providers who are outside your network.
- Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Emergence of Telehealth – The Impact, the Opportunities and the Pitfalls
Telehealth had been gradually emerging as an important component in healthcare until COVID-19 struck. Now, rather than a mishmash of conflicting state regulations and reimbursements, there is strong direction being provided on a national level. Learn how practices are using the technology to retain patients and attract new ones.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Role of Public Health in Everyday and Extraordinary Times
Public health has been defined as "the science and art of preventing disease,” prolonging life and improving quality of life. During COVID-19 pandemic, public health has taken on greater importance in collecting and disseminating data and addressing the spread of infectious diseases, but the daily functions around education, research and response continue. Hear about how Georgia’s public health agency, the Department of Public Health, is working to keep Georgians healthy.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Under Attack – Cybersecurity and Health IT
The number of hospitals and other healthcare organizations crippled by cyber attacks continues to rise, with the hackers getting increasingly aggressive – and successful. Phishing campaigns, mishandled health record disposals and sophisticated cyber attacks were behind some of the biggest healthcare data breaches of 2020. Learn what you can do to protect your patient data, ranging from basic staff education to installing sophisticated protection systems.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Using GAMMIS to Access the Clinical Viewer
Medicaid providers throughout Georgia have ready access to electronic patient records through the Clinical Viewer that is available through GAMMIS portal. This webinar will offer an introduction to the clinical viewer and include a demo of features and capabilities. Providers will learn how this tool can help them with accessing the most current available patient information that will facilitate clinical decision making and ultimately may improve the patient encounter experience.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
COVID-19 – Where We Are Today, What the Future Holds
During this webinar we will examine the progress that has been made in addressing COVID-19 and what the future holds for healthcare providers and their patients. Stay tuned for further details as we see how 2021 unfolds.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Benefits of Connecting to GaHIN
- Improved clinical decision-making as a result of easy access to critical patient information
- Fewer errors and delays in treatment
- Faster access to patient information at the point of care
- Less time searching, calling and faxing other providers to send or obtain patient information
- Reduced expenses for unnecessary medications, tests and hospitalizations
- Decreased costs by replacing paper-based communications including faxing and courier services
- Make only one connection to GaHIN through your electronic health record (EHR) instead of multiple, costly connections to all the providers you share patients with
Through a unique offering of technology solutions, GaHIN gives its members the ability to access a more complete view of their patients' health information directly from their EHR systems.
The regional HIEs offer networked services that give providers access to critical patient information that will improve the quality of care across our state, and deliver a more efficient and cost-effective health care system.
To learn more about GaHIN and its services, visit www.gahin.org.