Dr. Denise Hines
Denise W. Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS
CEO, eHealth Services Group
Executive Director, Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN)
Chair, Board of Directors, HIMSS North America

 
Dr. Denise W. Hines has been instrumental in advancing healthcare connectivity in Georgia, ensuring physicians have the information they need to deliver quality care. Through her work at the local, state and regional level, Dr. Hines has improved technology adoption and advanced its exchange.
 
Dr. Hines heads eHealth Services Group which is focused on identifying and analyzing emerging regulatory issues and designing and executing recommended strategies and actions for clients. eHealth Services Group has worked with companies such as Southern Regional Health System, AT&T, Morehouse School of Medicine - National Center for Primary Care, and the Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (GA-HITREC).
 
Dr. Hines also serves as the Executive Director of Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN). GaHIN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a healthier Georgia by facilitating the use and secure exchange of electronic health information so providers have the information they need at the point of care. The result is improved quality of care, better health outcomes and reductions in cost.
 
As Executive Director of GaHIN, Dr. Hines has connected the state health information exchange (HIE) to two national networks for information exchange, made Georgia one of the first state HIEs to connect directly to other states, created connections with five state agencies and spurred participation in the HIE by Grady, CHOA, Emory and numerous other state hospitals and healthcare providers.
 
Dr. Hines is the 2017-2018 Chair of the North America Board of the Health Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS). She is the past president of the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS and was recognized as the 2012 HIMSS Chapter Leader of the Year, with GA HIMSS recognized as the 2012 Chapter of the Year.
 
In 2017, she was recognized with the prestigious Women of the Year in Technology – Small Enterprise Award from Women in Technology (WIT).  The Women in Technology Awards honor female leaders of Georgia-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) companies whose accomplishments have not only furthered their organizations and industries, but have also made a difference in their local communities.
 
She was also selected to appear on the cover of HUB magazine published by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), one of the greatest honors a Georgia technology leader can receive. Dr. Hines was featured in the 2017 issue focused on health IT, appearing on the cover and featured in an article. TAG named her as one of its GameChangers – innovators whose leadership is the lifeblood of Georgia's Health Technology ecosystem.
 
Dr. Hines has more than two decades of healthcare experience in a variety of settings, including health systems, physician offices, home health, technology vendors, consulting, state government and revenue management. She is renowned for building service and results-oriented organizations and she possesses a passion for the widespread integration of technology and healthcare.
 
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.
 
Dr. Hines is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, and a resident of Fayetteville, Georgia. Her hobbies include watching movies, playing basketball, jogging, cooking, sewing, interior decorating, swimming, and spending time with her family. She is married to Wiley Earl Hines, Jr. and a mother of seven children: Crystal, Candice, Sydney, Quincy, Gabriel, Madison, and Wiley Earl Hines III (Trey). She is a member of Flat Rock AME Church where she serves as the President of the Voices of Inspiration Choir.
 

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