Georgia Health Information Network

As of March 1, 2017, AGA, LLC and its affiliated companies (“AGA”) are participating in the Georgia Health Information Network (“GaHIN”). This is a health information exchange (“HIE”) designed to improve patient-centered healthcare through the use and exchange of electronic health information between authorized healthcare providers. GaHIN connects hospitals, physicians, pharmacists, and other providers in order to securely access critical patient information at the point of care. 

By participating in this HIE, we are helping close the patient information gap to not only improve the quality of care our patients receive, but also improve patient healthcare outcomes and reduce patient healthcare costs across the state.  

Below you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions as it relates to AGA’s participation in GaHIN. For additional information about this network, visit: www.gahin.org 

What is GaHIN?

The Georgia Health Information Network (“GaHIN”) is a health information exchange (“HIE”) which allows authorized healthcare providers access to patients’ records on an as-needed basis. GaHIN is designed to improve patient-centered healthcare through the use and exchange of electronic health information. 

Why did AGA choose to be a part of GaHIN? 

By accessing all of a patient’s healthcare history directly from the source – primary care, oncology, urology, lab results, etc. – AGA believes this seamless transfer of health-related information can only improve the quality of care that our providers are able to give you. It can be hard to remember when you were last vaccinated or the name of a prescription that caused an adverse reaction, but HIEs like GaHIN are trying to bridge that gap in information by granting healthcare providers access to your full healthcare profile when they need it. 

What type of information is shared on GaHIN? 

Members of GaHIN share electronic health records, including but not limited to: medical history, allergies, radiology, labs, doctor’s notes, immunizations, and/or sensitive patient health information (HIV-related information, alcohol and substance abuse treatment records and genetic information). Please note, sensitive information that requires specific written authorization to disclose, such as mental health and psychotherapy notes, will not be shared on the HIE.

Who has access to my health information that is available on GaHIN? 

Only authorized members of GaHIN and any potential HIE network they may work with in the future will have access to patient health information on an as-needed basis. Authorized members include: physicians, hospitals, labs, nursing stations, radiology centers, health insurance plans and other member organizations. 

How do I provide AGA with consent to share my information via GaHIN? 

As of March 1, 2017, AGA patient health information is shared via GaHIN and may be accessed by GaHIN members unless you provide AGA with a written request to opt out of the network.

How do I prevent my health information from being shared via GaHIN? 

If you do not wish to have the health information you have shared with AGA accessed via GaHIN you can choose to opt-out of the network using one of the following methods: 

1. In Office: Request and complete a “GaHIN Opt-Out” form from the Front Desk Representative 

2. Written request:  Request and complete an opt-out form and return it to AGA via the following methods:

Fax: 404.253.6896 (ATTN: Compliance Officer)
Email: hipaacompliance@atlantagastro.com
Mail:  
 AGA, LLC, ATTN: Compliance Officer
550 Peachtree Street
Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30308

Please note if any of your other healthcare providers participate in GaHIN, and you do not opt-out with that provider, your information will be made accessible to all GaHIN participants, including AGA. 

Can I request that specific health information not be available for disclosure on GaHIN? 

Unfortunately, there is currently no way to restrict certain items in your electronic medical record from disclosure. At this time the only method available to ensure that specific chart information is not disclosed through GaHIN is to choose to opt-out of the network completely. 

Will my healthcare providers still have the ability to access my health information if I choose to opt-out of GaHIN? 

As always, authorized healthcare providers will still have the ability to access your health information on an as-needed basis to assist with continued care via phone, fax and/or regular mail.

Can I choose to have my health information shared on GaHIN after I opt-out? 

In the event you decide to participate in GaHIN after choosing to opt-out, simply provide AGA with a written request to opt back in to the network. You may submit your written request using one of the following methods: 

Fax: 404.253.6896 (ATTN: Compliance Officer)
Email: hipaacompliance@atlantagastro.com
Mail: 
AGA, LLC, ATTN: Compliance Officer
 550 Peachtree Street
 Suite 1600
 Atlanta, GA 30308

Will I be notified if my information is misused?

Under HIPAA requirements and GaHIN policies if there is a breach of security involving your health information, you will be notified of the breach. AGA will provide you with notification of any known breach that may affect you within 60 days following the discovery of a breach.

How can I file a privacy complaint? 

Privacy complaints may be filed directly with AGA using the following methods: (fax) 404.253.6896 (ATTN: Compliance Officer), (email) hipaacompliance@atlantagastro.com, and (mail) AGA, LLC, ATTN: Compliance Officer, 550 Peachtree St., Suite 1600, Atlanta, GA 30308.