December 2020
GaHIN Begins Submitting Quality Improvement
Data to the American Heart Association
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.
MMNCH Changes Name to Southeast Coalition on Health

My Medical Neighborhood Coalition on Health (MMNCH) has changed its name to Southeast Coalition on Health (SECOH). The nonprofit HIE connected to GaHIN earlier this year.

SECOH serves communities in northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee, including Chattanooga. The organization includes 45 healthcare organizations including health systems and provider practices, representing 200 physical locations and 110,000 unique patients registered in the HIE.

“We may have a new name, but we retain the same vision and mission,” said Alex Hutchinson, executive director of MMNCH. “The name, Southeast Coalition on Health, more accurately reflects our commitment to improving the health of our local communities and delivering patient information in one place. We are dedicated to continuing to develop the Clinical Integration Connection (CIC), a health information exchange, so healthcare providers can quickly access relevant and pertinent medical information on their patients at the point of care.”

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