Georgia State Information Exchange

Spotlight on State Exchange: Georgia Health Information Network

The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) serves with the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and the Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (GA-HITEC) in a public-private collaborative to establish Georgia’s statewide health information exchange, to connect Service Area HIEs, large integrated health systems, payers, wellness partners and other health care stakeholders. These organizations have come together to enable statewide electronic health information network through governance, project management, policy development, business and financial planning, technical infrastructure development, marketing, and stakeholder engagement.

State Service Area HIEs

Georgia has three networked State Service Area HIEs giving providers access to critical patient information to improve quality and make care delivery more efficient and cost-effective.

  • ChathamHealthLink (HIE) servicing Southeast Georgia, Savannah area.
  • Georgia Regional Academic Community HIE (GRAChIE), servicing Central East Georgia, Sandersville area.
  • West Georgia Information Network servicing West Georgia, LaGrange area.

The Network strategy is a network connecting thousands of healthcare organizations and hundreds of thousands clinicians and patients. The advantages of the network strategy are:

  • Leverages current health IT assets. Health care organizations in existence and provides a means of making a set of services available to benefit the Georgia healthcare ecosystem.
  • Keeps operations are manageable and costs remain low.
  • Supports Georgia health information network and stakeholder sustainability models. The statewide network supports local/regional HIEs and other QEs – it does not compete with them.
  • Allows the State to provide guidance on complex issues and leverage federal funding to strengthen and advance the network.

Organizational Documents

Latest News – June 2013, Georgia Department of Community Health Selects Truven Health Analytics to Develop Statewide Health Information Exchange. The GaHIN exchange will utilize Truven Health to provide clinicians throughout the state with a longitudinal patient history at the point of care by securely capturing real-time clinical and administrative data from electronic medical records, healthcare claims, CMS and other sources. Read their Press Releases.

Organization Profile:

State: Georgia
Name: GaHIN – Georgia Health Information Network
Established: 2011
Provider Information: Resources