For Immediate Release


Georgia Department of Community Health Selects Truven Health Analytics to Develop Statewide Health Information Exchange

HIE Integrates Wide Ranging Data from Providers, CMS, and Health Plans


Ann Arbor, MI, Jun. 20, 2013 — The Georgia Department of Community Health announced today that it has selected Truven Health Analytics as their partner to build and implement a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) --- the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN).  

The GaHIN exchange will utilize 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, CMS and other sources. It will be the fifth statewide HIE supported by Truven Health’s platform.

"We are pleased to partner with the state of Georgia to help develop a statewide health information exchange, ” said Mike Boswood, Truven Health Analytics president and CEO. “The GaHIN will create an expansive data network that gives care providers the critical information they need to improve clinical outcomes on a significant scale.”

The Truven Health platform is powered by CareEvolution and will implement 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 selected Truven Health Analytics because of their proven track record and consultative approach to working with us to meet our specific needs to create interoperability among disparate, unaffiliated healthcare organizations within Georgia, ” said Kelly Gonzalez, MS Director, Division of Health IT, State Health IT coordinator, Georgia Department of Community Health.  “This partnership brings us one step closer to reaching our goal of full connectivity and true coordinated care with just one connection.”

For more information, visit the Georgia Health Information Network website at www.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 www.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.

David A. Cook serves as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

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