HTS provided Health Information Technology (HIT) subject matter expertise the Georgia Department of Community Health (GDCH) and the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN). HTS provided assistance with technology issues including architecture, standards, interoperability, business operations, financial sustainability, logical controls, security, and the development of statewide HIE policies.
HTS also performed a technical assessment of the Public Health systems environment and evaluated technical capabilities with respect to HIE integration. The assessment included state lab systems, immunization registry, the syndromic surveillance system, and the state reportable disease system.
HTS personnel assisted GDCH, GaHIN, and the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) in their effort to update the State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan (SMHP) and to develop an Implementation Advance Planning Document (IAPD). This included technical infrastructure for statewide HIE and support interoperability for public health systems, including Meaningful Use. As part of this scope of work, HTS was required to ensure that the projects contained within Georgia’s IAPD were aligned with Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) processes and were MITA compliant.
HTS subject matter experts provided a full complement of HIT, fiscal, programmatic, and administrative services for Georgia. GDCH engaged HTS staff to assist with vendor selection. HTS provided services for selection of a direct services provider and a query based HIE vendor to administer critical aspects of the statewide program. The HTS team was also engaged over a two-month period to provide services for the Georgia Department of Public Health. HTS developed a plan for interoperability of Georgia’s public health systems. The plan included EHR systems used by Georgia’s Public Health Districts with the Georgia HIE.