GaHIN is collaborating with the American Heart Association (AHA) to support providers in data submission for the Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) program.
Get With The Guidelines® is a comprehensive suite of programs focused on continuous quality improvement from the AHA. The programs are based on a simple truth: that patient outcomes improve when medical professionals follow the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program's success in achieving significant patient outcome improvements
“We are very pleased to be able to help providers satisfy their clinical quality reporting requirements as GWTG participants,” said Denise Hines, GaHIN Executive Director. “This will eliminate the tedious task of manual entry of data while supporting hospitals in their continuing quest to deliver quality patient care and improve outcomes.”
It took approximately two years to complete the necessary tasks involved for GaHIN to begin submitting data. The first step was to complete a gap analysis to determine what EHR data was being automatically transferred by hospitals and what was being manually entered. GaHIN then retooled its ADTs to incorporate the additional data elements needed for the GWTG database.
The participating providers have access to the GWTG database to research and evaluate their performance in achieving improvements and also compare their progress against other organizations as well as state and national measurements.