February 2020
GaHIN Working with Members and the American
Heart Association to Achieve Better Outcomes
February is American Heart Month - and a great time to update you on GaHIN's participation in the American Heart Association (AHA) Get with the Guidelines ® program.

Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure is an in-hospital program for improving care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program's success in achieving significant patient outcome improvements. Among the proven results are reductions in 30-day readmissions, a measure now used by CMS in determining CMS reimbursement rates.

In addition to helping ensure full reimbursement, Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure supports hospitals in a variety of ways, including:
  • Access to the most up-to-date research and scientific publications
  • Professional education opportunities, such as workshops and webinars
  • Clinical tools and resources
  • Patient education resources
  • QI field staff support
  • A competitive advantage in the healthcare marketplace
  • National and local recognition for hospital team program achievement
  • CMS data submission
  • Performance feedback reporting for continuous quality improvement

GaHIN is currently working with Grady and WellStar in a pilot project where the health systems will use GaHIN for data submission to the AHA Get With the Guidelines program. Both data submission and feedback reporting are performed using the AHA's Patient Management Tool (PMT), an online, interactive system provided by IQVIA.
February Webinar - Grady Health System's Use of GaHIN
Don't miss our next webinar on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 11:30 AM-12 PM. Glenn Hilburn, Vice President, Information Services at Grady Health System will discuss how the health system and its patients benefit from their use of GaHIN services. Register now.  

View information on upcoming webinars as well as recordings of past webinars on GaHIN's website.
GaHIN Preparing for Future with Technology Search
Technology is ever-changing, and that is especially true with healthcare IT. In mid-2019, GaHIN undertook an initiative to examine our current state and identify actions that will allow us to explore strategic growth opportunities and meet the challenges of the next decade.
 
As a result of that strategic plan, the GaHIN Board of Directors decided in October 2019 to examine new technology options. After 10 years with IBM Watson (formerly Truven Analytics) we felt it was time to investigate new technologies to strengthen and expand the services we provide to our members.
 
We expect our new technology platform to support a wider range of robust services while still meeting providers’ interoperability needs.

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