Georgia’s Health Information Exchange Enhances Care for Children in Rural Communities

To address lack of quality care in rural Georgia communities, the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth developed training and outreach projects for healthcare providers to improve the delivery of healthcare in the state persistent poorest counties. The project, TeleConnect Georgia for Better Health, was executed under Georgia’s Community Health Telemedicine guidelines, which extends Medicaid reimbursable services to community-serving institutions, like hospitals, schools, and public health departments, by expanding access to telehealth networks.  Funded under a two-year grant from the United States Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, the primary goal of the program was to assist school nurses in providing primary care with the help of specialists identified through the Georgia statewide HIE network. For more information about the  project, please read here.