Who We Are

PelEX is a health information exchange network that has served Louisiana’s Medicaid population for ten years. We provide timely, actionable data to empower care teams to deliver the best care possible. PelEX serves as a trusted health data steward through community-driven data sharing and meaningful collaboration. 

PelEX’s mission is to promote high-value, well-coordinated care to ensure that every person has fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well.

PelEX, formerly known as the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange, was developed as part of the Beacon Communities Program grant funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. The PelEX network was cultivated out of a strong foundation of Federally Qualified Health Centers in the New Orleans area seeking to promote care coordination and access to primary care in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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Key Dates

May 4, 2010

Awarded ONC Beacon Community Grant

Awarded ONC Beacon Community Grant
January 1, 2012

GNOHIE Begins Data Transactions

GNOHIE Begins Data Transactions
February 13, 2013

Partnership for Achieving Total Health (PATH) Established

Partnership for Achieving Total Health (PATH) Established
June 1, 2017

Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Louisiana Dept. of Health Initiated

Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Louisiana Dept. of Health Initiated
June 1, 2023

GNOHIE Rebrands to PelEX

GNOHIE Rebrands to PelEX

Our Team

Thomas Carton, PhD, MS
Executive Director

Jamie Clesi Giepert, PMP
Associate Director

Kyle Bradford, MPH
Associate Director, Informatics

Sylvester Tumusiime, PhD
Informatics Manager

Fred Blanche, AAS, RHIT, CHPC
HIPAA Privacy and Compliance Manager

Kyla Mor, MPH
Director of Product Development
Associate Director

Van Le, MBA
Program Manager

Huahong Qiang, MS
Principal Engineer

Kyleah Frederic, MSW
Software Engineer


Board of Directors

Mark Keiser (Chairman)


Access Health Louisiana

Michael Andry



Thomas Carton, PhD, MS

Chief Data Officer

Louisiana Public Health Institute

Shirley Wade

Administrative Liaison

St. Gabriel Health Clinic

Shondra Williams, PhD



Meg Vitter Greene

System Vice President

Population Health & Network Development

LCMC Health

Michael Griffin


Ascension DePaul Services of New Orleans

Gerrelda Davis

Executive Director

Louisiana Primary Care Association, Inc.

Rochelle Head-Dunham, MD

Executive & Medical Director

Metropolitan Human Services District

PelEX is a 509(a)(3) supporting organization of the statewide nonprofit organization Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). The Louisiana Public Health Institute is a statewide, non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of promoting the health and well-being of Louisianians since 1997. Our team, consisting of over 115 individuals with extensive public health expertise, collaborates with over 500 partner organizations at the local, state, and national levels to fulfill our mission of ensuring that everyone has fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well.