September 2020
Clinicians Who Care, Share (Lab Results)
Is this a typical day at your practice?
The phone rings - it's someone asking for a copy of a patient's lab results. The fax machine whirs - it's someone asking for a copy of a patient's lab results. Someone in your office places a call asking another practice to send a copy of their patient's lab results.

Much of that work could be avoided by signing up for GaHIN's Electronic Lab Results program, which launched in early 2020. Opting in takes just a few minutes and allows Quest Diagnostics to share a copy of your patients' lab results with GaHIN.

While providers using Georgia ConnectedCare already have the ability to share and access lab results through the CCD, 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.

Once a provider opts in, signs up for the program, a copy of their patients' Quest lab results are placed in a secure, searchable GaHIN repository. 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.   

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.
My Medical Neighborhood Coalition on Health Connects to GaHIN

My Medical Neighborhood Coalition on Health (MMNCH) has connected to GaHIN, Georgia’s state-designated health information exchange (HIE).

“The MMNCH HIE links members of the care community in northwest Georgia, allowing them to exchange patient health information and supporting care coordination,” said Alex Hutchinson, executive director of MMNCH. “With our connection to GaHIN, we greatly increase interoperability and gain the ability to exchange information with providers across the state of Georgia as well as surrounding states, while also connecting with five Georgia state agencies.”

My Medical Neighborhood was created by Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, to enhance health and care coordination for employees and their families. Individuals under the Mohawk healthcare plan can access a network of healthcare providers that offer greater coverage while lowering costs.

MMNCH evolved from this benefits program with the goal of creating an HIE serving communities in northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee, including Chattanooga. The nonprofit includes 45 healthcare organizations including health systems and provider practices, representing 200 physical locations and 110,000 unique patients registered in the HIE.

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