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Kearney, NE - The NeHII Annual Meeting was held August 3, 2017 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE. The meeting, hosted by Dr. Michael Westcott, NeHII Board Chair, drew great interest from across the state with over 135 attendees.  Highlighting the event was the keynote message from Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in Washington, DC.  Dr. Rucker spoke on interoperability and the task at hand for healthcare professionals to meet the challenge of sharing health data wherever their patients seek care.  Other keynote speakers included a panel of healthcare professionals from Auburn, NE featuring the lessons learned from their integrated community project which took place over the past two years involving the use of technology to exchange all patient records securely.  The project was funded by the ONC Advance Interoperable Health IT Services Grant that was awarded to the State of Nebraska in 2015.  Amy Reynoldson, the Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Coordinator with NE DHHS, and Kevin Borcher, the PDMP Program Director for NeHII, reported on the success of the enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) that was launched January 1, 2017 to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs in Nebraska.  The meeting also included updates on notable NeHII activities and reports from the various NeHII committees and councils outlining future goals for the next twelve months.

 

The NeHII HIT Visionary Award was presented to Marty Fattig, CEO of Nemaha County Hospital.  Marty has been a major contributor and supporter of a state-wide health information exchange in Nebraska.  Dr. Michael Westcott, President of the NeHII Board of Directors, was thrilled to recognize Marty as an HIT Visionary and presented the award on behalf of the NeHII Board of Directors. "Marty’s commitment to NeHII and his encouragement of other critical access hospitals to become NeHII participants has been key to NeHII’s success in achieving fifty three percent of the state’s critical access hospital beds connected and contributing data this past year.  Marty represents the interests of rural America and NeHII during his frequent travels to Washington D.C.  We are truly thankful for his past support and commitment to NeHII’s success.” Marty also serves as the Nebraska eHealth Council Co-chair and had been appointed to the ONC HIT Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup.  He was also accepted as a Health IT Fellow by the ONC. 

 

Deb Bass, Chief Executive Officer of NeHII, also commented, "One of the most rewarding results of the NeHII Annual Meeting is to be reminded of the commitment of healthcare professionals from around the state to provide quality healthcare to their patients.  In Nebraska, we understand the importance of using technology to work better and smarter so that we can get the most from our most precious human and financial resources.  When I travel around the country, I frequently hear comments about our ability to roll up our sleeves and get it done.  The annual meeting provides us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments that have occurred and make Nebraska a leader in health information technology. NeHII's plan to provide quality reporting solution offerings to providers in Nebraska remains foremost as the single most critical achievement we must accomplish in the months ahead.  Thank you to all who contributed as a presenter and those that attended and made the event such a success."


About NeHII:

Powered by the Optum ODX HIE 2.0 platform, NeHII electronically delivers clinical information to the point of care, integrating a wide variety of patient clinical data including laboratory results, ED reports, discharge summaries, radiology reports, progress notes, transcription, medication history and other medical information. 

As an early adopter and national leader for Health Information Exchange, NeHII, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has functioned as a public-private collaborative that currently connects more than 3 million lives and 68 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.