January 2020
It's Time to Opt-In for GaHIN's Lab Results Service
GaHIN has launched a new program that allows providers to share a copy of their patients' Quest lab results via a secure, searchable GaHIN repository. Sharing patients’ lab results offers substantial benefits including:
  • Gives other providers the information they need to deliver better care
  • Helps eliminate duplicate tests and lowers healthcare costs
  • Relieves staff of responding to requests from other providers for individual lab results
  • Increases patient satisfaction when they don't have to pick up and hand deliver results

Providers using Georgia ConnectedCare already have the ability to share and access lab results through the CCD. However, not all providers have an EHR or access to GaHIN. Other providers may be able to access GaHIN but don't contribute information; this service allows them to share a copy of lab data.

Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest lab services in Georgia, is the first to participate in the program. GaHIN is currently working with LabCorp to make their results available, and will then explore connections with independent laboratories.

It just takes a few minutes to opt-in to allow Quest Diagnostics to share a copy of your patients’ lab results with GaHIN. An online form on GaHIN's website allows you to view the terms of use and then complete the e-sign Provider Consent Form. A PDF is also available to print and submit.
Lab Results Webinar Available Online; Sign Up for February
On January 22, GaHIN and the Department of Community Health (DCH) presented a webinar on the Lab Results service. If you missed this informative session, the recording can be accessed on the DCH site.
Don't miss our next webinar on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 11:30 AM-12 PM. Grady Memorial Hospital will discuss how they and their patients benefit from their use of GaHIN services. Register now.  
GaHIN Working with CDC, DPH on Hypertension Project
The Department of Public Health has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a program to identify undiagnosed hypertensive Georgians. DPH will develop the clinical criteria and create an algorithm to examine clinical data. GaHIN will work closely with DPH to identify members for participation, develop a recall protocol and exchange information through the Network.

Because hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, does not have any warning signs or symptoms, patients are dependent upon identification of the condition by their provider. If there is a missed diagnosis, the patient is at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. According to the CDC, high blood pressure was the primary or contributing cause of death for more than 410,000 Americans in 2014 - more than 1,100 deaths each day.

  • Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States and Georgia
  • About 75 million American adults (32%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 adults
  • Only about half (54%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control
  • High blood pressure costs the nation $48.6 billion each year; this total includes the cost of health care services, medications to treat high blood pressure, and missed days of work

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