SUBSCRIBE                                                                                              January 2019
GaHIN Bringing New Lab Results  
Delivery Service to Georgia Providers
GaHIN will soon roll out the GaHIN Lab Results Delivery Service, which will give participating GaHIN members electronic access to patient lab results. Although many providers who order lab tests receive the results electronically, there still are a number of providers who receive the results by fax, CD or mail.

With GaHIN, a copy of these results will also be available to other providers that the patient may see. Additionally, this service lays the groundwork for GaHIN to begin supporting analytics such as population health, quality measurement and longitudinal studies.

"Access to lab results allows for improved clinical decision support, trending analyses and population health management," said Pam Matthews, Executive Operating Officer of GaHIN. "Having timely access to these reports, which will be in a standard format, is essential to delivering efficient and effective patient care. The ability to query lab results allows providers to reduce duplicate testing, lower costs, improve data access at the point of care and improve clinical decision-making."

In order to maximize the benefit of the lab test reporting and to ensure complete state coverage, GaHIN will seek consent from members to allow the labs to send a copy of the test results to GaHIN. Please stay tuned as we begin outreach in conjunction with account management staff from the lab companies.

Mark Your Calendar!
GaHIN and the Department of Community Health (DCH) are teaming up to offer a monthly webinar series that will start on March 27 at 11 AM. The first webinar is focused on ADT alerts, and future webinars - scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the month at 11 AM - will explore other services, use cases and topics around interoperability. Mark your calendar now, and watch your email for more details.
Is there a topic you would like to see explored? Let us know.

Dr. Denise Hines, GaHIN Executive Director, 
Takes on New Role with HIMSS
Denise W. Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS has joined the Executive Leadership Team of HIMSS as Chief Americas Officer (CAO) beginning January 2019. As CAO, Dr. Hines will provide strategy oversight and leadership to HIMSS's services and offerings in North America, including its professional development and membership programs. She will also oversee key mission-based initiatives such as Women in Health IT, for which she is already an active member and supporter.
In addition to this new role, Dr. Hines will continue to serve as Executive Director of GaHIN, with a primary focus on short- and long-term planning and strategy.
After serving as Chair Emeritus for HIMSS North America (HNA) Board of Directors, Dr. Hines has a unique vantage point and a deep understanding of the organization's global strategy and mission. "I am thrilled to have Denise join our Executive Leadership Team," says Hal Wolf, President and CEO of HIMSS. "Having worked directly with Denise through the years, we are so honored to have her operational experience and passion for HIMSS contributing every day to our mission of reforming the global health ecosystem by leveraging the power of information and technology."
"Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to improving health through the unceasing value of technology and innovation," says Dr. Hines. "As CAO, I have the opportunity to do this work on a much larger scale and am excited to contribute - in a new way - to the achievement of HIMSS's strategic vision and the advancement of health and wellness in North America."
HIMSS serves the global health information and technology communities with focused operations across North America, Europe, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Its members include more than 72,000 individuals and 630 corporate organizations.