Our Physician Community
Physicians today report feeling overwhelmed by the volume of paperwork and electronic forms they face every day.
The conversion of paper records into electronic health records (EHRs, also known as electronic medical records – EMRs) was promised as a way to save time and money. In reality, physicians regularly complain that technology has complicated their workday and added a new level of administrative burden.
There are benefits, however, and one of the most notable is the ability to better track and securely share patients’ interactions with care providers, including hospitals, labs, imaging and more. In Georgia, these connections are made possible through the statewide health information exchange, GaHIN.
The Role of GaHIN
GaHIN facilitates the use and secure exchange of patient health information so providers have the information they need at the point of care. The result is improved quality of care, better health outcomes and reductions in cost.
By establishing a trusted network with existing health networks, GaHIN facilitates the delivery of the right health information to the right place at the right time—providing the people of Georgia with safer, timelier and better care.
Why Participate in GaHIN?
There are as many reasons to join and participate in GaHIN as there are physicians using the system – thousands. We like to say that it allows delivery of the right health information to the right place at the right time – providing the people of Georgia with safer, timelier and better care.
Here are some of the reasons given by physicians for participating in an HIE:
- Improve patient safety by reducing medication and medical errors
- Increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary paperwork and handling
- Provide caregivers with clinical decision support tools for more effective care and treatment
- Eliminate redundant or unnecessary testing
- Improve public health reporting and monitoring
- Improve healthcare quality and outcomes
- Reduce health-related costs