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:
- 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:
- History & Physicals
- Discharge Summaries
- Provider Reports
- Anatomic Pathology & Microbiology
The information available may vary slightly based on the EMR system and how patient health information is presented.