Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC), Georgia Health Connect (GaHC)
Carmen Hughes currently serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC) at Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Center for Primary Care. Carmen leads the strategic direction and operations of Georgia’s only Regional Extension Center where under her leadership, the REC assisted over 4,000 Georgia healthcare providers and 56 critical access hospitals in becoming meaningful users of Electronic Health Records technology. Through these efforts GA eligible providers and hospitals received over $100M in the CMS EHR Incentive Programs. In 2014, Carmen headed the team that launched Georgia Health Connect (GaHC), the first regional health information exchange connected to Georgia’s statewide Health Information Network, GaHIN. Her work as an experienced healthcare professional has enriched her ability to interpret and disseminate clearly the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Electronic Health Record Incentive Program’s goals for Health Interoperability. She also engages other related federal and state-funded programs designed to inform and support clinicians with a focus on providers serving rural and underserved communities. Carmen effortlessly builds solid client relationships while leveraging successful business opportunities.
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) recently announced that Carmen Hughes has been named as one of Hub Magazine’s 2016 Georgia Health IT Game Changers. TAG is Georgia’s leading technology industry association and recognizes individuals who promote innovation and connection within Georgia’s technology community.