Since the Decision Accelerator meeting, the progress of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) has outpaced all similar activities. NeHII began soliciting, evaluating, and negotiating with leading health information companies. A Request for Information (RFI) was initiated. From the list of responders, a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) was extended to seven selected vendors.
These activities were conducted in a way to ensure that vendors met the unique requirements of the initiative. The winning vendor had to demonstrate its technology’s ability to integrate with third-party Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), as well as its ability to provide EMR functionality for physicians without this technology. A significant goal in evaluating prospective partners was to identify one that would become a partner in this initiative. This process led to the selection of an HIE partner, Axolotl, Inc.
On March 28th, the interim board of directors of NeHII took a major step in corporate governance, approving the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and forming NeHII, Inc. This major step included the election of the corporation’s first permanent Board of Directors, who will lead the efforts of the collaborative toward its primary goal of improving the level of health care by implementing one of the first statewide HIE of its kind. The next step in the process is the application for 501(c)(3) status, granting the Nebraska corporation tax exempt status.