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GaHIN Can Help You Achieve Meaningful Use

GaHIN is continuing to support its members as they move from creating health information for Stage 1, to securely exchanging information in Stage 2, to understanding the requirements for Stage 3. GaHIN members across the state are using GaHIN's suite of GeorgiaDirect and Georgia ConnectedCare products and technologies.

In December 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new timeline for the implementation of Meaningful Use where:

  • Stage 2 will be extended through 2016
  • Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who have completed at least two years in Stage 2.

CMS will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals that adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate Meaningful Use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. Fortunately for Georgia’s physicians and health organizations, GaHIN’s GeorgiaDirect and Georgia ConnectedCare products are readily available and able to help members achieve Meaningful Use.

GeorgiaDirect:

GeorgiaDirect is a free service that enables GaHIN members to exchange information through a secure email messaging system—such as lab results, x-ray reports, referrals, patient data, transition of care documents, and much more—to a network of trusted providers.

This system facilitates patient referrals, admissions, transition of care, and hospital discharge to enable more streamlined coordination and collaboration surrounding patient care to ultimately improve health outcomes.

Because GeorgiaDirect allows providers to electronically transmit patient health information to providers outside their organization—and allows for exchange of electronic health records—it is a quick, easy way for providers to meet the exchange requirements for Stages 1 and 2 Meaningful Use.

 

Georgia ConnectedCare:

Georgia ConnectedCare is GaHIN’s query-based exchange core service—an innovative technology solution that offers healthcare providers the ability to securely find patients, wherever and whenever they seek care—directly through their electronic health record systems.

The data capture and reporting capability within Georgia ConnectedCare facilitates several aspects of Meaningful Use Stage 2 and public health reporting, including Medicaid health and pharmacy information, as well as immunization updates and reporting from the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services (GRITS), managed by the Department of Public Health.

GaHIN members can elect to use either GeorgiaDirect or Georgia ConnectedCare, or both products, offering flexibility depending upon what the member’s individual needs may be. These products serve to minimize manual and often time-consuming processes, with the ultimate goal to help raise the bar in patient care, while simultaneously lowering healthcare costs. GaHIN offers both products to Georgia providers at no cost.

 

In addition to a robust suite of products, which are backed by some of the nation’s best technologies, GaHIN partners with a variety of other organizations—such as Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC)—that can help assess providers’ Meaningful Use attestation progress. If you would like assistance in achieving Meaningful Use, please contact GA-HITEC at info@ga-hitec.org.

For more information on eligibility, timelines and additional resources on the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please visit the website of the Department of Community Health (DCH).