March 2021
ONC Star HIE Grant Update
GaHIN received a $500,000 STAR HIE Grant from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in the Fall of 2020. Since that time, GaHIN has worked closely with the ONC team to launch activities that will further support DPH and DCH in accessing, sharing, and using electronic health information, especially data from populations underserved and/or disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to increase the electronic reporting of results to the COVID-19 Registry from target populations, GaHIN is working to connect:
  1. Clinical facilities of the Veterans Administration across Georgia
  2. Correctional facilities
  3. Hospitals that are not currently sending COVID-19 test results through GaHIN

Activities underway include outreach to hospitals which are not connected to GaHIN and partnering with HI-BRIDGE HIE to reach out to correctional facilities. Additionally, the GaHIN team has prepared a detailed program monitoring plan which identifies milestones and status to meet the reporting requirements for the grant.

GaHIN was the first HIE to present at the monthly meeting of STAR HIE Grant recipients. The ONC praised the presentation, “Developing Strong HIE & State, County, Local, Public Health Department Relationships: The GaHIN Experience.” The ONC wrote: “These efforts can potentially translate into national best practices for improving health information exchange services supporting communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and having the ability to respond to any other future public health emergencies.”
Webinar: It's Time to Fire Your Fax Machine - 3/24/21
GeorgiaDirect secure email messaging is helping practices statewide reduce their use of fax machines, save administrative time and improve patient privacy. This online email service is not only easy to use, but also HIPAA compliant and available at no charge to authorized providers. GeorgiaDirect offers an ideal way to securely share patient information with providers who are outside your network.

The 30-minute webinar will begin at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
News of Note
Member Updates
  • HI-BRIDGE HIE has completed its transition to a new technology platform.
  • HealtHIE Georgia has added two new affiliate members: Elbert Memorial Hospital (1/11/21) and Lake Russell Specialty Healthcare Services (2/3/21).
New GaHIN Technology Platform
Since signing the contract for a new technology platform in early February, GaHIN and vendor Velatura have been working with IBM Watson to conduct a thorough discovery of the existing technology. The team is examining data migration strategies, planning kickoff and onboarding activities, and finalizing the timeline. Once this groundwork is completed, you can expect to see a substantial increase in activities for GaHIN's "New Tech 21" in the coming months.

Did You Know? COVID-19 Vaccinations in GRITS
Wondering whether one of your patients has received the COVID-19 vaccination? Providers and other authorized personnel can easily find that record in the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services (GRITS).

Access to GRITS is available through GaHIN.

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