The NeHII Annual Meeting was held August 7, 2014 at the McAuley Center in Omaha, NE. The meeting, hosted by Alegent Creighton Health/Catholic Health Initiatives, drew great interest from across the region with more than 125 healthcare related professionals in attendance from nine different states. The meeting's keynote speakers included Scott Afzal, Program Director of the CRISP HIE in Baltimore, MD; Jim Hetherington, Manager of HIE Applications for Catholic Health Initiatives and Nick Blake, Director of Client Services at Briljent. The meeting also included updates on notable NeHII activities and reports from the various NeHII committees and councils.
The NeHII HIT Visionary Award was presented to Ken Lawonn, former NeHII Board of Directors Vice President. His past leadership was critical to the success of the health information exchange. Dr. Michael Westcott, President of the NeHII Board of Directors, was thrilled to recognize Ken Lawonn as an HIT Visionary and presented the award on behalf of the NeHII Board of Directors. "From the early days of 2005, Ken’s commitment to NeHII and the continued development of health information exchange in Nebraska has been key to NeHII in improving patient care to Nebraskans. Under his guidance, NeHII continued to further its mission and set the standard for health information exchange. We are truly thankful for his past leadership.”
Deb Bass, Chief Executive Officer of NeHII, also commented, "One of the most rewarding results of the NeHII Annual Meeting is to see the progress made from one year to the next, especially the challenges we faced and resolved over the past twelve months. NeHII's commitment to achieving sustainability and addressing future functionality needs remains foremost as the single most critical achievement we must accomplish over the next twelve months. The plan we are finalizing to reach financial sustainability and successfully navigate to a new platform with added functionalities will enable us to take NeHII to the next level for health information exchange while meeting the needs of the extended continuum of health delivery services. Thank you to all who attended and made the event such a success."