For Immediate Release


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

New Health Information Network Goes Live in Georgia


Ann Arbor, MI, Oct. 03, 2013 — Truven Health Analytics™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 http://gahin.org/. For more information about Truven Health Unify, visit http://truvenhealth.com/campaigns/unify/ .

About the Georgia Health Information Network Inc.

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 http://gahin.org/.

About the Georgia Department of Community Health

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 http://dch.georgia.gov/.



About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics an IBM Company, delivers the answers that clients need to help them improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. We provide market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics, and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies, and policymakers the facts they need to help them make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler®, ActionOI® and JWA. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit http://truvenhealth.com.



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