Welcome to the second edition of the GaHIN News.
Welcome to the second edition of the GaHIN News, the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) newsletter. We’ll provide readers with news and information about the latest updates to the GaHIN collaborative, industry news of interest, and the latest events in Georgia’s health IT community. We’ll also introduce you to GaHIN members and stakeholders, who are fostering a healthier Georgia through the use and exchange of electronic health information.
Georgia Health Information Network
Emory and Grady Connect To GaHIN
Georgia's Regional HIEs
In early 2013, Archbold launched ArchHIE, a Health Information Exchange (HIE), designed to improve efficiency, convenience and communication for all patients and physicians. ArchHIE is the first Regional HIE to connect with the GaHIN Network, and will “go live” in upcoming weeks.
From the provider perspective, ArchHIE improves clinical care when physicians and clinicians have rapid access to current medical information. The technology also helps reduce the likelihood of duplicate tests, allergic reactions and adverse drug interactions; and it saves time and costs spent transferring and retrieving medical records.
ArchHIE is working to improve the efficiency and convenience of communication for patients and physicians in South Georgia and North Florida by electronically connecting patients, providers and health systems across the region. Clinicians can access patient information that includes medical history, doctor visits and hospital stays, previous and current diagnoses, past procedures, medications, radiology results and other pertinent records.
Archbold and other health systems throughout the country are adopting HIE technology to meet federal Meaningful Use requirements for electronic medical records and patients may choose to opt out of allowing their information to flow into the HIE or to be available to their caregivers.
ArchHIE facilitates the efforts for providers and clinicians to reach higher standards related to continuity of patient care on a collaborative level, when multiple providers are involved, particularly for those in rural areas.
ArchHIE exchange partners also have access to the private and secure exchange of health information and the technology required to meet national meaningful use requirements.
Membership to the ArchHIE Network is now open to all organizations with a need to send and/or receive healthcare information on behalf of patients receiving care in the region.
To Get Connected to ArchHIE, visit archbold.org/archHIE or call (229) 227-5150.
CMS Announces New Meaningful Use Timeline
In early December 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new timeline for the implementation of Meaningful Use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
Under the revised timeline:
- Stage 2 will be extended through 2016
- Stage 3 will begin in 2017 -- for those providers who have completed at least two years in Stage 2
Additionally, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) proposed a new way for certification that allows ample time for developers to create and distribute certified EHR technology before Stage 3 begins.
The goal of these changes is two-fold:
- To allow CMS and ONC to focus efforts on the successful implementation of the enhanced patient engagement, interoperability and health information exchange requirements in Stage 2
- To utilize data from Stage 2 participation to inform policy decisions for Stage 3.
The phased approach to program participation helps providers move from creating information in Stage 1 > to exchanging information in Stage 2 > to focusing on improved outcomes in Stage 3.
This timeline allows for program analysis of Stage 2 data to inform the improvements in care delivery outcomes in Stage 3.
Stage 2 New Criteria –
Starting in 2014, providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs who have met Stage 1 for two or three years will need to meet meaningful use Stage 2 criteria.
Improving Patient Care –
Stage 2 includes new objectives to improve patient care through better clinical decision support, care coordination, and patient engagement.
Saving Money, Time & Lives –
With Stage 2, EHRs will:
- Save our health care system money by decreasing duplicative tests and visits
- Save doctors and hospitals time by providing impactful information at their fingertips
- Save lives
Connecting The Docs
Dr. Jeffeory H. White, MD
Meet Doctor Jeffeory White, board certified Pediatrician. Doctor White is a well-respected physician, with over 31 years of experience. He is highly regarded by his patients and is affiliated with Gordon Hospital, Hamilton Medical Center and Murray Medical Center.
Dr. White graduated from Loma Linda University and has won several Bridges to Excellence Medical Home Recognitions. He founded Dalton Pediatric Medical Center in 1981. Due to expansion and growth over the years, Dalton Pediatric Medical Center has grown into White's Pediatrics, with three separate facilities in Dalton, Chatsworth, and Calhoun. The Dalton facility also houses a Well Clinic for patients who need routine health checks, and an Urgent Care Clinic that provides emergency after-hours care.
Dr. White first implemented a paperless Electronic Medical Record system called MedInformatix in his office in 1995. Today, White's Pediatrics is proud to be one of only a handful of medical offices in the area to use such a sophisticated and state of the art computer system. At White's Pediatrics, all patient records are stored and retrieved electronically.
Privacy & Security Overview
The GaHIN takes privacy and security seriously—complying closely with rigorous HIPAA standards.
GaHIN safeguards the privacy and security of all electronic health information by:
- Maintaining a common privacy and security framework for all participants
- Executing trust agreements with network participants
- Establishing oversight procedures to ensure compliance with privacy and security policies
GaHIN adheres to The General Rule under HIPAA:
Protected Health Information must be maintained or transmitted in any format (electronic or paper) by a covered entity. Information may not be used or disclosed without the patients written consent unless an exception applies
In Regards to Health Information, Patients Have the Right To Request:
- Notice of practices’ privacy policies
- Access, inspect and copy health information
- An account of all disclosures (6 yrs)
- Request restriction on use and disclosure
- Request amendment and correction to information
Please contact us for more details about privacy and security. Email us at email@example.com or call 1-866-233-8203.
GaHIN Chairman: Dennis White
GaHIN Executive Director: Denise Hines
GaHIN Vice Chairman: Dr. Morrow
Georgia State Health IT Coordinator: Kelly Gonzalez