CONNECTING GEORGIA, IMPROVING CARE
Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), the state’s nonprofit health information exchange (HIE), seeks to create a healthier Georgia by facilitating the use and secure exchange of patient health information to:
Providers can make queries from within their EHR to quickly access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and much more.
Providers can securely send patient health information, such as referrals and reports, to other authorized healthcare professionals within Georgia and nationwide.
Providers have the information they need at the point of care
to optimize outcomes while improving care coordination, interoperability and population health.
GaHIN’s core products are free for credentialed, authorized Georgia providers.
2017 – 1,137,069 Queries
2018 Direct Transactions
2017 – 518,169 Direct Transactions
Patient Records Indexed
ATLANTA, GA – December 5, 2018 – Pamela V. (Pam) Matthews, RN, MBA, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, has joined the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) as Executive Operating Officer. GaHIN is a nonprofit organization that is the state-designated Health Information Exchange (HIE).
“We are thrilled that Pam has joined GaHIN in this critical role,” said Denise Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS. Dr. Hines is the Executive Director of GaHIN and also CEO of eHealth Services Group. “Initially Pam consulted with us on updating GaHIN’s strategic plan, and we quickly realized that her deep experience in management, operations, leadership and healthcare IT would benefit GaHIN as well as the people of Georgia.”
Ms. Matthews is an accomplished information technology leader with over 25 years of experience focused on healthcare information and exchange, strategic planning, IT operations and clinical informatics. She recently served as Interim Executive Director of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) and worked over eight years at HIMSS, where she launched and directed the Society’s initiatives with health information exchange, supported HIMSS Analytics and convened communities at the state and regional levels.
Ms. Matthews has served on several boards and advisory councils as well as participated on federal grant endeavors, state-specific initiatives and ONC contracts. Prior to working in the professional society sector, Ms. Matthews was a CIO for a nationwide healthcare provider and worked in healthcare consulting at KPMG and a boutique firm focused on strategic planning, information technology and services.
GaHIN has rolled out a new Care Alerts program that will enhance the value of data within the Network for members and facilitate care coordination. Care alerts notify clinicians and other organizations of their patients’ hospital admissions, discharges and transfers (ADTs).
The initial use of the system is by Amerigroup, one of four care management organizations (CMOs) serving Georgia Medicaid and Medicare patients. The Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS) is also using the system to proactively track the population they serve. And the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), the largest children’s hospital in the Southeast and a member of Georgia’s statewide HIE network, is participating.