Dr. Denise Hines Named to HIMSS' National Board of Directors


Atlanta, Georgia (September 9, 2014) – Denise Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS, has been named to the Board of Directors of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology. Dr. Hines heads eHealth Services Group and also serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN).

A long-time supporter of the Health Information & Management Systems Society, (HIMSS), Dr. Hines led the Georgia Chapter for two years, and was named the 2012 HIMSS Chapter Leader of the Year. The Georgia Chapter also was recognized as the 2012 Chapter of the Year. She represented Georgia on the National HIMSS Public Policy Committee prior to being named to a three-year term as a member of the Board.

“I am passionate about HIMSS and its mission to optimize the use of health information technology,” said Dr. Hines. “Health IT provides the ability to share data among providers, empowers consumers to participate in managing their health, reduces the cost of providing quality care, and improves patient outcomes. I am pleased to be in a position to help grow adoption of health IT and advance its benefits.”

In October 2013, Dr. Hines was named Executive Director of GaHIN, a public/private collaborative establishing Georgia’s statewide health information exchange. Her company, eHealth Services Group, has also been engaged to provide the staffing needed to support the nonprofit’s mission and activities.

In addition to serving as GaHIN’s Executive Director, Dr. Hines maintains her role as chief executive officer of eHealth Services Group. Dr. Hines has more than two decades of healthcare experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including health systems, physician offices, home health, technology vendors, consulting, state government, and revenue management.

Nationally recognized as an expert in state government in health information exchanges (HIE), Dr. Hines has participated in hundreds of public speaking events locally and nationally, educating providers on the benefits of electronic health record (EHR) systems, health information technology adoption, and the overall national vision for an interconnected health system.

Dr. Hines was responsible for overseeing and managing the marketing and outreach recruitment of more than 5,200 healthcare providers and 56 critical access and rural hospitals, assisting these providers in meeting meaningful use requirements and qualifying for the CMS EHR incentive program. She participated on Georgia’s HIE Strategic and Operational Plan writing team and served as the co-chair of the HIE Governance Committee. She successfully launched Georgia’s first comprehensive health information transparency and HIE website. She served as the first Executive Director for the GA Health Information Technology Advisory Board and created Georgia’s two-, five-, and 10-year strategic plans for health information technology. She also created and implemented the Georgia HIE Grants Awards Program that awarded $1,800,000 in grants in the first and second years.
Dr. Hines holds her doctorate in healthcare administration where she focused her studies on the use of electronic personal health records and the impact on patient health. She also maintains certifications in project management, software development, and healthcare law.