Georgia Department of Community Health Launches Statewide Health Information Exchange Network with Truven Health Analytics

Georgia Department of Community Health Launches Statewide Health Information Exchange Network with Truven Health Analytics

<0> J. Roderick, Inc.For Truven Health AnalyticsBrian Erni, 631-584-2200 </0>

and the Georgia Department of Community Health announced today the launch of a statewide health information exchange (HIE) network, known as the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN).

The GaHIN utilizes 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, Georgia Medicaid, Public Health Georgia Registry for Immunization Services (GRITS) and many other sources.

“Implementing a statewide health information exchange network brings us closer to our goals for improving care, reducing healthcare costs, and streamlining communication throughout our state’s healthcare organizations,” said Kelly Gonzalez, Chief, DCH Division of Health IT, and the Georgia State Health IT coordinator. “We are very excited about the launch of the GaHIN.”

The Truven Health platform is powered by CareEvolution and implements advanced industry standards (for example, NwHIN DIRECT and NwHIN CONNECT - IHE PIX, XDS, XCA/XCPD, and ATNA), to create a tailored exchange for healthcare stakeholders throughout Georgia.

"We are pleased to partner with the Georgia collaborative on this health information network, which enables unparalleled interoperability between hospitals and providers,” said Mike Boswood, Truven Health Analytics president and CEO. “The GaHIN gives care providers the information they need to make the critical decisions that will result in improved clinical outcomes.”

For more information, visit the Georgia Health Information Network website at . For more information about Truven Health Unify, visit .

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 a statewide electronic health information network through governance, project management, policy development, business and financial planning, technical infrastructure development, marketing, and stakeholder engagement. To learn more about the Georgia Health Information Network, visit .

Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state’s uninsured and most vulnerable populations.

DCH is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids,® the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia.

Clyde l. Reese, III, Esq. serves as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

To learn more about DCH and its dedication to A Healthy Georgia, visit .

Truven Health Analytics delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, and pharmaceutical companies have relied on its solutions for over 30 years. Truven Health Analytics combines deep clinical, financial and healthcare management expertise with innovative technology platforms and information assets to make healthcare better, collaborating with customers to uncover and realize opportunities for improving quality, efficiency, and outcomes. Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted, proven brands in healthcare such as Micromedex, Action OI and Advantage Suite. Truven Health Analytics employs approximately 2000 people worldwide and has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit .

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