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New State Health Information Network Activated

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - From the Georgia Health Information Network:

Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), the statewide health information exchange network that electronically connects Georgia hospitals, physicians and clinicians to safely and securely exchange patient health information, has announced its “go live” status with the eHealth Exchange (formerly known as the Nationwide Health Information Network). 

The national Exchange was established to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare by establishing a mechanism for sharing nationwide health information.

As one of the nation’s leading healthcare information exchanges, GaHIN’s national connectivity status opens the gateway for the seamless, meaningful interstate exchange of medical records. 

 Operating as a program under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Exchange is comprised of a group of federal agencies and non-federal organizations that came together under a common mission and purpose to improve patient care, streamline disability benefit claims, and improve public health reporting through secure, trusted, and interoperable health information exchange. 

As of January 2014, an eHealth Exchange survey revealed that more than 800 hospitals and 6,000 medical groups are participating in the national network, accounting for millions of transactions annually.

 “With GaHIN’s national connectivity comes Georgia’s ability to share medical information immediately and securely with neighboring states, and eventually more states across the U.S.,” said Denise Hines, executive director of GaHIN. “This expanded connectivity allows for the delivery of the right health information to the right place at the right time – no matter where the patient is receiving care – across a robust national network.” 

 Since 2009, GaHIN has been leading the nation in technological advances that help improve patient outcomes, which is a key component in transforming the quality of care for, and the health of, Georgians.

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