Achieving Cost-Effective Community Healthcare Sharing

A new partnership between Georgia Health Connect and Tangible Solutions (@TangibleSol_Inc) is poised to make it easier to deliver the right health information to the right place at the right time with healthcare providers in Georgia. In particular, the new program will benefit clinical outcomes and quality of care for patients who depend on rural and critical access hospitals in Georgia. These more rural settings of care are often overlooked by large technology companies that are focused on helping big metropolitan healthcare systems select and successfully implement meaningful use-certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems.

“By working together, Georgia Health Connect (GaHC) and Tangible Solutions will be able to focus on connecting communities of healthcare providers who represent front-line care resources for patients outside Georgia’s metro areas,” said Dr. Dominic H. Mack, director of the National Center for Primary Care and associate professor of family medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. “Beyond initial installation, the two organizations have an excellent plan to make supporting and upgrading EMRs feasible and sustainable. This will also help the more remote physicians’ offices and clinics to connect to statewide services.”

GaHC will help healthcare communities connect through Clinically Integrated Networks or Health Information Exchanges (HIX). Tangible Solutions will take the angst out of adopting technology by guiding physician practices as they work to better manage insurance collections and patient scheduling. This operational improvement will help practices cover the cost of system maintenance and upgrades. “Our overarching goal is to advance patient care while bringing value to all kinds of practices by helping them increase patient engagement and enhance every patient experience,” said Tangible Solutions President Bruce Hrenyo. “We believe these two factors are instrumental in building a practice’s bottom line and ensuring long-term success.”

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Carmen Hughes, CMUP, executive director, administrator of programs for Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center and Georgia Health Connect. “At Georgia Health Connect, our main goal is to support providers and hospitals who desire more equitable, user-friendly technological support to make their practices competitive in our evolving health care market of Patient Care Medical Home (PCMH) providers and Affordable Care Organizations (ACOs). This partnership will be a valuable aid in achieving our mission far into the future.”

About Georgia Health Connect
Georgia Health Connect (GaHC) is a mission-based Service Area Health Information Exchange created by The National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) at Morehouse School of Medicine, doing business as GA-HITEC, in partnership with Liaison Technologies. Its focus is to be a health information network designed to provide integrative technology and clinical support services for the needs of smaller practices, hospitals and health systems.

About Tangible Solutions
Tangible Solutions, based in Matthews, N.C., is a physician-centered technology provider focused on building healthcare communities through interoperability and connectivity of information technologies. It strives to help physician offices use technology to engage their patients, manage patient referrals, interface information within the practice with labs, and upload data to state entities.