National eHealth Collaborative takes on HIE Learning

Join a NeHC Workgroup

The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) defines itself as a public-private partnership that enables secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to advance health and improve health care. NeHC was established through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to build on the accomplishments of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) until 2008, and is led by some of the nation’s most respected thought leaders in healthcare and health IT.

The National eHealth Collaborative’s NeHC University is a web-based education program designed to provide stakeholders with timely and relevant information on health information technology and health information exchange in the US. The University offers introductory and advanced programs focusing on health IT topics, trends, and initiatives. I have attend many of their programs and highly recommend checking them out.

NeHC has announced its latest collaborative effort through a new program designed to “further augment and fill the gaps in HIE business and implementation guidance currently available through government, vendor, and consulting resources.” The HIE Learning Network provides a place for collaborative problem solving, networking, co-mentoring, and information sharing in real time. The University wants interested stakeholders to participate in the HIE Learning Network.

Step one of the HIE Learning Network is several workgroups focusing on these topics:

  • Business Models for Financial Sustainability
  • Best Practices for Prioritizing and Phasing Implementation of HIE Services
  • Addressing Variations in Implementation of Interoperability Standards
  • The Role and Function of HIE in Support of Accountable Care

If you are interested, consider joining a workgroup.

The NeHC also recently published Health Information Exchange Roadmap: The Landscape and a Path Forward. The paper discusses both the public and private sectors efforts to create and implement interoperable health information exchange. It also show how these approaches fit together for a strategy for nationwide health information exchange. It maps out the four phases it believes will make progress and become sustainable.