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  Early Bird Registration for SHIEC Conference in Atlanta
 
The national HIE community will convene this August in Atlanta to celebrate HIEs' growth and learn from an array of speakers, including keynote speaker Don Rucker, MD, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
   
2018 SHIEC Annual Conference
August 19-22, 2018
Hyatt Regency Atlanta 
 
     
The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) is the national organization representing the health information exchanges (HIEs). SHIEC represents 60 HIEs that collectively cover more than 200 million people in the U.S. - well over half of the American population.  

Georgia connections
Georgia is hosting the SHIEC conference this year, and GaHIN will sponsor the opening lunch on Monday, August 20. GaHIN Executive Director Dr. Denise Hines will participate on the panel: "Marketplace Disruptions - What Can HIEs Do?" GRAChIE will present at two breakout sessions: "Behavioral Health and HIEs:  The Journey to Integrated Care" and "The Role of HIE in Community Innovation:  Chatham County Safety Net."

Sign up now - early bird registration (and savings) ends July 13
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A limited number of volunteer opportunities are available. Contact Lynn Hood at GaHIN to learn more.
From Meaningful Use to Promoting Interoperability
Many hospital systems and medical providers have been participating for more than six years in the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Medicaid Incentive Program. The program was designed to help eligible hospitals and medical professionals adopt, implement, or upgrade (AIU) an ONC-certified EHR system.  
 
The second phase of the program was to ensure the meaningful use (MU) of the certified EHR technology. Over the course of the program, Georgia has had 371 hospitals and nearly 9,000 providers who have participated in AIU and MU.  
 
Now that Georgia and many other states have achieved success in these areas, the focus has shifted to improving interoperability and patients' access to health information. As a reflection of the goal, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) are renaming the EHR Incentive Program to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs.  
 
This is exciting news for providers and hospitals across the nation because the new rules will streamline the program to reduce the time and cost required of providers to participate. To find out more about the changes, visit https://qpp.cms.gov/ .
 
GaHIN has played a major role in helping over 5,000 providers meet Meaningful Use stages by providing a free secured messaging option for health data exchange. We are dedicated to continuing to expand our products and services to meet the needs of providers and patients across Georgia.
 
Connectivity Across State Lines Proves Its Worth

When Sandra Larry's mother returned to South Carolina, her daughter was concerned. Ms. Larry's mother splits her time between Atlanta and South Carolina, and has chronic conditions that require consistent, coordinated care. Ms. Larry, who is the Director of Health Information Services at Emory Johns Creek and St. Joseph Hospital, knew how connectivity should work - she just didn't know if it would.
 
She was delighted that the South Carolina doctor was able to pull up her mother's records and see the treatment record. That's because Emory Healthcare is connected to GaHIN, and GaHIN and the South Carolina HIE are connected.
 
"I was really pleased and thankful that the doctor was able to access her records," Ms. Larry said. "I knew that they wouldn't have to waste time and money running unnecessary tests for things that had already been ruled out."
 
Ms. Larry adds that it made her mother feel good that her doctors could coordinate treatment. "In the olden days, we had to fax everything. I'm so glad that is gone! I've always been a strong supporter of health information exchange, and this confirms how beneficial it is."