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OMAHA, NE – The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) is pleased to announce Dr. Rucker will be joining us to witness firsthand the work that is being done across Nebraska to support the exchange of medical records on patients wherever they seek care.  In addition, he will be the keynote speaker at the NeHII Annual Meeting being held August 3, 2017 in Kearney, NE at the Younes Conference Center where an expected audience of 200 healthcare professionals will hear him speak on his vision for interoperability of medical records nationally.  The annual meeting will also feature speakers discussing the benefit of a community that committed to exchanging all health information electronically between the hospital, physician’s office, nursing home and pharmacy and the results they saw with that collaboration, as well as an update on the success of the enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program(PDMP) that went live January 1, 2017.  Nebraska has been recognized as a national leader for its efforts to offer a no cost medication reconciliation tool to prescribers and dispensers through the PDMP hosted on the NeHII platform.  NeHII is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 collaborative made up of providers, hospitals, insurance companies, health departments, state agencies, pharmacies, home health and nursing homes all working together to improve quality, enhance patient safety and control costs by the electronic exchange of medical records. 


    “It is with great enthusiasm we welcome Dr. Rucker to Nebraska so that he can see what happens when all members of the healthcare delivery team work together for the safety of their patients.  NeHII participants reflect their commitment to improvement in patient care coordination and facilitating safer and more efficient exchange of patient information between providers" said Dr. Michael Westcott, President of the NeHII Board of Directors.


               “We are pleased to have such an honored guest from Washington, DC recognize the outstanding work that is occurring in Nebraska” said Deb Bass, CEO of NeHII, Inc.  “As Nebraskans, we don’t always toot our horns about outstanding achievements occurring here and it’s nice to be recognized for the work of many committed professionals doing much of the lift on a volunteer basis to enhance care by eliminating duplication of services and procedures, and improve quality, safety and efficiency of the care we provide to our patients.” 


NeHII, using health data from its participating members, provides a comprehensive view of the patient’s medical history, similar to an Expedia model for healthcare professionals. NeHII’s system allows the information to be available in emergencies or in the event a Nebraska resident receives care from a doctor or hospital in another part of the state or western Iowa.  Patient participation in NeHII is optional.  While NeHII would like everyone to recognize the benefits of participation, a patient may decide not to share their medical information and may opt-out of the exchange simply by contacting NeHII.




About Dr. Donald Rucker:


Dr. Don Rucker serves as the national coordinator for health information technology. He previously worked as a clinical professor of emergency medicine and biomedical informatics at the Ohio State University and Premise Health, a worksite clinic provider, where he served as chief medical officer.


Dr. Rucker started his informatics career at Datamedic Corporation where he co-developed the world's first Microsoft Windows based electronic medical record. He then served as chief medical officer at Siemens Healthcare USA. Dr. Rucker led the team that designed the computerized provider order entry workflow that, as installed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, won the 2003 HIMSS Nicholas Davies Award for the best hospital computer system in the U.S. Dr. Rucker has served on the board of commissioners of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and Medicare's Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and has extensive policy experience representing healthcare innovations before Congress, MedPAC and HHS.


He has practiced emergency medicine for a variety of organizations including at Kaiser in California; at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he was the first full-time emergency department attending; at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospitals; and most recently at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.


Dr. Rucker is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with board certifications in emergency medicine, internal medicine and clinical informatics. He holds a Master’s degree in medical computer science and a Master of Business Administration, both from Stanford


About NeHII:


As an early adopter and national leader for Health Information Exchange (HIE), NeHII, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has functioned as a public-private collaborative that currently connects more than 3 million lives and 65 percent of hospital beds in Nebraska.  NeHII's vision is to be a leader in the secure exchange of health information, enabling a healthier Nebraska.




NeHII Contact:


Deb Bass, Chief Executive Officer, NeHII, Inc., 402.981.7664, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.