In 2011, the Department of Community Health (DCH) formed a public-private collaborative with the Georgia Health Information Network, Inc. (GaHIN) and the Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (GA-HITEC) acting together as the "Governance Organization" to collectively establish the statewide health information exchange. This flexible governance structure allows organizations within the collaborative to respond to market changes and effectively meet the needs of Georgia providers and other healthcare stakeholders as the technology infrastructure and policy framework evolves. The Governance Organization is leveraging existing private and public assets by creating a "network of networks" — known as the Georgia Health Information Network — connecting local/regional HIEs and other healthcare stakeholder organizations from all across Georgia.
The GaHIN Governance Organization is responsible for convening healthcare stakeholders to create trust and consensus on an approach for the statewide network. The Governance Organization addresses the provision of oversight and accountability of health information exchange (HIE) to protect the public interest. One of the primary purposes of an GaHIN governance entity is to develop and maintain a multi-stakeholder process to ensure that data exchange among participants is in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.