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Chatham Health Link FAQs

What is a Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) contains the standard medical and clinical data gathered in one provider’s office.
An HIE allows health care providers and patients to access and share a patient’s medical information electronically to improve the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care and better inform decision making at the point of care. An HIE helps health care providers avoid readmissions and medication errors and improve diagnoses.

What is ChathamHealthLink?

In 2008, Safety Net established Chatham Health Link (CHL), Georgia’s first HIE. CHL is a partnership of local healthcare providers. Members include:

Hospital Systems

  • Memorial Health University Medical Center
  • St. Joseph’s / Candler

Federally Qualified Health Centers

  • Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Inc.
  • J. C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, Inc.

Community Health Organizations

  • St. Joseph’s/Candler’s St. Mary’s Health Center
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Good Samaritan Clinic

What is GRAChIE?

The Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) is an HIE created through a joint venture between Central Georgia Health System and Georgia Regents Health System. GRAChIE members utilize the HIE’s electronic platform to support care coordination through an efficient and meaningful sharing of health information to promote improved health care quality, affordability and outcomes.

In December 2014, the GRAChIE and CHL announced a partnership to interconnect their respective HIEs. The move benefits more than 1 million patients of the combined provider memberships of GRAChIE and CHL, giving more than 2,200 providers within the two networks electronic access to those patients’ health information at the point of clinical care, regardless of location.

What kind of information is available through CHL/GRAChIE?

A wide range of patient information is available through the GRAChIE interface including:

  • Diagnoses
  • Vitals
  • History & Physicals
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Immunizations
  • Encounters
  • Labs
  • Provider Reports
  • Procedures
  • Anatomic Pathology & Microbiology
  • Recommendations

The information available may vary slightly based on the EMR system and how patient health information is presented.

GRAChIE

Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) is an HIE created through a joint venture between Central Georgia Health System and Georgia Regents Health System. GRAChIE members utilize the HIE’s electronic platform to support care coordination through an efficient and meaningful sharing of health information to promote improved health care quality, affordability and outcomes.

In December 2014, GRAChIE and ChathamHealthLink announced a partnership to interconnect their respective HIEs.

“HIEs are at the forefront of leveraging electronic health records to advance population health across a region,” said GRAChIE Executive Director Tara Broxton Cramer. “In joining with Safety Net, we’re working to extend that reach further throughout Georgia to improve care delivery for the greatest number of Georgians we can reach.”

Visit GRAChIE.org for more information.

Partners

The Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc. (Safety Net) was formed in 2004 by the Chatham County Commission to assist local providers meeting the healthcare needs of uninsured and underinsured Chatham County residents. In 2008, Safety Net established Chatham Health Link (CHL), Georgia’s first HIE.

CHL members include:

Hospital Systems

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Health Organizations

In October 2014, ChathamHealthLink merged with the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE).

Who We Are

ChathamHealthLink is a Health Information Exchange (HIE) established by the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc. (Safety Net) in 2008.

HIEs are a recent concept that enables all health providers involved in a patient’s care — whether in a primary care setting, a specialists’ office or emergency department — to share vital patient information including medications, pre-existing conditions, allergies, immunizations, lab results, appointment history and more from within electronic medical records (EMRs) at the point of care. HIEs minimize manual and often time-consuming information gathering while helping to improve care coordination and reduce adverse events, complications, hospital readmissions and duplicate tests.

In December 2014, the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) and ChathamHealthLink announced a partnership to interconnect their respective HIEs. The move benefits more than 1 million patients of the combined provider memberships of GRAChIE and ChathamHealthLink, giving more than 2,200 providers within the two networks electronic access to those patients’ health information at the point of clinical care, regardless of location.

“The goal of every HIE is to help providers perform better as stewards of local and regional patient care by lowering costs and improving outcomes, and this partnership greatly extends that advantage throughout the state,” said Chatham County Manager Lee Smith. “With this arrangement, for example, a GRAChIE-affiliated ER team in Macon providing emergency care to a patient from Savannah will have immediate access to that patient’s medical history, and the patient’s primary physician back home will have full details at hand when the patient returns for follow-up. That level of care coordination will eliminate a great deal of unnecessary costs while fostering more informed care provision.”