HIE and Georgia Health Information Network

When it comes to your health care, it is important for all members of your care delivery team to have details about your current and past medical information. This is why Emory Healthcare has made it easy for you to get this information to your providers through the Emory Health Information Exchange (HIE), an electronic network that allows approved providers within the Emory HIE network to securely share and view your health information.

Healthcare providers across Georgia are connecting and for you and your family, the result is better-coordinated health care. Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) is a nonprofit organization facilitating the use and exchange of electronic health information across a network of participating doctors, hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout Georgia. When providers join GaHIN, they agree to replace paper files with electronic medical records—and to share these records on a very secure, restricted-access electronic platform.

With these connections, your providers can more easily coordinate your care—which reduces the chance of misdiagnosis or duplicative testing, especially in emergencies. Also, it ensures that each of your providers knows your complete medical history, allowing for seamless care.

Your healthcare providers may already share your health records through fax and postal mail. With GaHIN, it's easier, faster and more secure for them to exchange this information. Your healthcare providers will have a complete, up-to-date picture of your health—so you can get better-coordinated care.

Emory Health Information Exchange Opt-Out Form

Opting out of the HIE may delay access to important medical information; however, participation in the Emory HIE is your choice. If you choose to opt out and not participate in the HIE, your health information will not be shared among health care providers through the HIE. Instead, your providers will continue to share information via previously established methods, such as phone, fax, mail or through an existing electronic medical record. This also means that opting out of the HIE does not affect the sharing of information by providers using the same electronic medical record. It applies only to the HIE.

Emory Health Information Exchange FAQs

The Emory Health Information Exchange (HIE) is an electronic network that allows approved providers within the Emory HIE network to securely share and view your health information.

The Emory HIE is used to store clinical information vital to your care, such as test results, current medications and allergies. It could also contain clinical trial information. In addition, it contains certain demographic information, such as your name, birth date and address.

Your medical information is kept secure in the Emory HIE and is viewable only by authorized health care providers. Currently, authorized providers are within the Emory Healthcare Network. In the future, it is possible that providers outside of the Emory Healthcare Network, who are directly involved in your care, will have viewing access to the Emory HIE to enhance care coordination.

The Emory HIE is safeguarded by state-of-the-art technology to ensure that your health information is secure and your privacy is protected. All providers accessing the Emory HIE must abide by policies that govern privacy and security of health information.

In addition, providers are required to follow both federal and state laws related to privacy.

Opting out of the HIE may delay access to important medical information; however, participation in the Emory HIE is your choice. If you choose to opt out and not participate in the HIE, your health information will not be shared among health care providers through the HIE. Instead, your providers will continue to share information via previously established methods, such as phone, fax, mail or through an existing electronic medical record. This also means that opting out of the HIE does not affect the sharing of information by providers using the same electronic medical record. It applies only to the HIE. You can opt out by completing the Emory HIE Opt-Out Form.