There are a number of different organizations involved in providing care to individuals – some of them obvious, such as a physician or hospital, and some that might not readily come to mind, 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. This helps providers access timely patient information at the point of care, regardless of where that might take place.
In a School? 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.
Supporting Veteran Care
GaHIN is connected with the 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; through GaHIN, those community providers can access the veteran’s health records. Additionally, their community health records can be incorporated into their VA health records.
Benefits to veterans include:
- Reduce the need to carry paper records
- Immediate access to healthcare information
- Reduce the chances of duplicate tests
- Increase safety with a more complete medical record, including medications and allergies
- Save time and money
- Improve health outcomes
Veterans must sign up to participate in the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health, which shares important components of a veteran’s health record. Veterans can sign up by going to www.va.gov/VLER for more information and the sign-up form – VA Form 10-0485. The form can be submitted electronically, printed and mailed or completed in person at the Release of Information Office at their local VA Medical Center.