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A Public-Private Collaborative

The Georgia Health Information Network, Inc. (GaHIN), serves with the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC) in a public-private collaborative to establish Georgia's statewide health information exchange. These organizations have come together to enable a statewide electronic health information network (HIE) through governance, project management, policy development, business and financial planning, technical infrastructure development, marketing and stakeholder engagement.

Georgia Health Information Network

GaHIN is dedicated to the secure exchange of electronic health information to foster a healthier Georgia. The network’s purpose is to close the patient information gap across all care settings and to support improved quality of care, better health outcomes and cost efficiencies.

By establishing a trusted network with existing health networks, GaHIN facilitates the delivery of the right health information to the right place at the right time—providing the people of Georgia with safer, timelier and better care.

Through our Board of Directors, Georgia state and federal agencies and a variety of strategic partnerships, we embody thousands of healthcare providers from all over Georgia with decades of combined healthcare industry-related expertise.

These stakeholders are working together to develop and implement a technology, business and policy infrastructure to sustain a statewide network of networks health information transport model. They are also facilitating connection with the nationwide HIE—to improve the healthcare of all Georgians.

Georgia Department of Community Health

The Department of Community Health (DCH) is the recipient of a federal American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant with funds being used to build the information technology infrastructure to support health information exchange across Georgia. In 2009, the Department of Community of Health submitted an application for the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program. In February 2010, the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) selected DCH as a grantee of a cooperative award in the amount of $13,003,003. In January 2011, DCH applied for and was awarded a Challenge Grant from the ONC for $1,689,992 to develop and implement a Consumer-Mediated Information Exchange in Rome, Georgia.

Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

The National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) located at the Morehouse School of Medicine was the recipient of approximately $19.5 million in ARRA funding for the creation of a Georgia regional extension center. Out of this funding, the NCPC created the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC). Since its inception, GA-HITEC has provided technical assistance to 4,250 primary care physicians to help them adopt certified electronic health records (EHRs) and use interactive and interoperable health information technology.