How the exchange of electronic health information can help you and your family

If you’re like most people, you’ve got a busy life—and plenty of people you care about. Keeping track of everyone’s medical history details and medications isn’t easy. When you change doctors, need a referral to a specialist or have an emergency, your medical history becomes very important.

That’s where electronic health records can help

In today’s digital age, many doctors and hospitals are converting their paper charts into electronic health records (EHR)—and that has streamlined the entire process.

An EHR will store a complete record of all your health information—such as doctors’ notes, medical history, medications, vital signs, allergies, immunizations, laboratory results and radiology reports.

Anything that can be stored on paper medical records can be stored in an EHR. But EHRs can be more comprehensive and flexible. EHRs allow doctors to quickly search and review lengthy patient records, rather than sifting through stacks of paper records.

EHRs improve your medical care

EHRs allow doctors to view results in the form of charts or graphs, which allows the patient’s healthcare providers to see trends and changes that could affect the treatment. Thus, EHRs improve the quality of information the providers see.

Whether in office visits or emergency situations, an electronic health record gives doctors a clear picture of your condition. Doctors can access your record—including medications and results of x-rays and other tests. The easy access is especially important in emergency situations.

In office visits, an electronic record gives doctors a clear picture of your condition. As the doctor is talking to you, they can pull up your record – including medications and results of x-rays and other tests.

Sharing your EHR on GaHIN’s network

The EHR makes it possible for doctors to share your medical information with other doctors, hospitals and healthcare facilities, when necessary. This exchange is within a secure, highly protected network called a health information exchange (HIE). All access is encrypted and tracked.

The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) provides a “network of networks” that connects healthcare providers and allows them to share patients’ EHRs on an as-needed basis. A direct messaging system streamlines the process—so there are no delays. Rather than relying on faxes or couriers, your medical records are readily available to trusted healthcare professionals in the network.

The result is safer, higher quality healthcare for every patient. You’ll feel secure knowing your medical records are safely stored, readily accessible when it matters most.