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Georgia Department of Community Health

HomeTown Health Lunch & Learn

Georgia Health IT Update

August 21, 2012

georgia health information exchange network
Georgia Health Information Exchange Network

Georgia statewide HIE network is being developed to offer statewide health information exchange services hospitals and other providers can use for more efficient and coordinated care of their patients.


georgia hie network
Georgia HIE Network

What it does…

  • Enables providers the opportunity to securely and efficiently exchange patient health information.
  • Presents providers with the right information, at the right time to offer their patients the right care.
  • Gives consumers tools to know their health information so they can improve health.


georgia hie network services
Georgia HIE Network Services


In pilot phase

Patient Search

Available in 2013

Rome Challenge Grant

Demonstration project planned for late 2012


georgiadirect secure messaging
GeorgiaDirect Secure Messaging

Provides a secure way for health care providers to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet.


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GeorgiaDirect Secure Messaging

Secure communication mechanism

  • Direct is a secure point-to-point communication service that allows registered providers to send structured or unstructured information to each other.
  • A provider directory is included to help providers find the Direct Secure Messaging address(es) for an organization or provider.


georgiadirect referral to specialist example
GeorgiaDirectReferral to Specialist Example

2. Referring provider sends referral and reference clinical documents to the specialist system

1. Provider uses EHR to initiate referral message and locate specialists

Provider’s EHR system looks up specialist practices in GA’S HIE provider directory

3. GA HIE Network documents access to system in audit log

Patient visits primary care provider; provider needs to refer patient to a specialist

Security Services & Authorization Framework

Provider Directory

Secure Message Exchange

via Direct Project

Transaction Audit Log & Reporting

Georgia Statewide

Health Information Exchange Network

4. Specialist receives referral request and sends response to referring physician through the GA HIE Network

5. Specialist sees patient


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GeorgiaDirect Secure Messaging

Benefits of GeorgiaDirect – rely less on FAX, telephone, & mail

  • Referral
    • A General Practitioner sends an email with a referral along with any necessary patient information and lab results to a Specialist
  • Transition of care
    • A Family Physician sends an email with a Treatment Summary of a patient to a Hospital or Long-Term care facility when the patient is admitted.
  • Response to a Request from another Provider
    • A Cardiologist is seeing a patient and needs a more detailed history than the patient can provide–in response to the request from the Cardiologist, the Family Physician can send the history via a secure email instead of via several pages of a FAX.


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GeorgiaDirect Secure Messaging

GeorgiaDirect Supports Meeting Meaningful Use

  • Send patient referral via Direct Secure Messaging to an authorized recipient.
  • Forward CCDs with referrals or at transition of care.
  • Transmit required reports to Public Health (when available).
  • Satisfy patient-focused MU measures.


patient search service
Patient Search Service


  • Allows clinicians to query and retrieve clinical records from participating sources for patient care and perform public health reporting.
  • Enables retrieval of records from multiple data sources.
    • The patient matching is based on patient demographics.
    • All patient data is kept locally within the provider's local system rather than in a centralized database.
    • All transactions involving the Georgia HIE network are logged in the Georgia HIE audit log.


query based exchange patient search example
Query-Based ExchangePatient Search Example

2. Georgia HIE uses RLS to locate and retrieve information on identified patient and returns available clinical documents from within the network.

1. Provider uses their EHR (or GHIE web portal) to locate patient records. The provider’s system queries the Georgia HIE network.

3. Georgia HIE documents access to Network in audit log.

At the Point of Care

A patient visits their primary care provider. The provider needs to locate patient’s health information.

Georgia Statewide

HIE Network

Record Locator Service

Security Services & Authorization Framework

Master Patient Index

Transaction Audit Log & Reporting

Terminology Services

NwHIN Gateway

Provider Directory

4. Provider conducts patient examination.

5. Aggregated patient health information is returned to provider and information is incorporated into the provider’s EHR.


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Patient Search Service

Benefits of Patient Search

  • Presents providers with accurate, timely and reliable patient data at the point of care.
  • Provides connectivity to services within and outside of Georgia through the Nationwide Health Information Network.
  • Leverage existing IT investments to connect to the statewide HIE network.


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Patient Search Service

Patient Search Supports Meeting Meaningful Use

  • Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) available via Patient Search feature.
  • Allows for public health reporting.
  • Possible access to state data sources (as available).


network of networks strategy
Network of Networks Strategy

The Georgia HIE network connects local/regional HIEs and other Qualified Entities

  • Qualified Entities
    • Have permission to access, consume and make available HIE services on the statewide health information exchange network.
    • Must meet a set of established criteria, successfully completed the approval process, and signed agreements to abide by HIE Statewide Privacy & Security Policy Framework.
    • Must ensure that participants and vendors with which they have contracts meet the requirements to carry out statewide policies.


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Network of Networks Strategy

The Georgia HIE network connects local/regional HIEs and other Qualified Entities

  • Role of Qualified Entities
    • Help organize and manage HIE Participants in the Georgia healthcare ecosystem.
    • Participants can be hospitals, physician practices, long-term care centers, laboratories, public health entities, and/or many other diverse members of the healthcare industry.
    • Participants have authorization to access the Georgia HIE network services through a Qualified Entity.
    • In addition to providing a conduit for the Georgia HIE services, a QE organization may choose to provide unique services to the members of their community as well.


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Network of Networks Strategy

The Georgia HIE network connects local/regional HIEs and other Qualified Entities

  • Strategic Benefits
    • Leverages health information networks in existence and provides a means of making set of core and value-added services available to benefit the entirety of the Georgia healthcare ecosystem.
    • Operations are manageable and costs remain low.
    • Supports Georgia HIE and stakeholder sustainability models. GHIE supports local/regional HIEs and other QEs – it does not compete with them.
    • Allows the State to provide guidance on complex issues and leverage federal funding to strengthen and advance the exchange.


be part of the georgia hie network
Be part of the Georgia HIE Network

HIE On-Boarding Information Guide (in development)

  • Help organizations better understand the requirements and choices available to them when electing to participate in the Georgia HIE network.
  • The guide will be a high level planning tool
    • Defines characteristics and responsibilities of Qualified Entities: community, business model, governance, and technology.
    • Overview of legal and technical requirements; minimum standards for each organization participating in the Georgia HIE network.


get engaged stay informed
Get Engaged & Stay Informed

Georgia HITREC, HP, and technology vendor act as the team executing marketing campaign and driving HIE/HIT awareness throughout all of Georgia.




Kelly Gonzalez

Director, Division of Health IT

State Health IT Coordinator

Department of Community Health