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NeHII is leading the effort to create a secure, online, web-based Health Information Exchange (HIE) designed to serve the state of Nebraska.  Improved delivery of health care information and reduced health care costs are good for all citizens of Nebraska. The state has a proud tradition and reputation of providing the finest health care possible to its citizens. The HIE will help health care providers take health care to the next level.

Over the next few years the HIE will be rolled out across the state and ultimately will become part of a planned Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). This partnership will again improve the level of health care for Nebraska as well as for the Nation as a whole.

Best of all, these information exchanges will help improve the quality of health care and control the rapidly increasing cost of health care.

The mission, vision, and goals of NeHII provide the ideals and constructs for development of the HIE.

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."

Dr. Michael Westcott has assumed the role of President of the NeHII Board of Directors. The transition from Dr. Harris Frankel took place on February 21, 2014 with a vote by the NeHII Board of Directors. The NeHII Executive Committee made the recommendation to the Board of Directors as they felt it was critical to have the position remain with a physician at the helm of the state-wide health information exchange.

Dr. Michael Westcott has served as Chief Medical Information Officer for Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha for the past ten years.  He currently serves as the Regional Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Catholic Health Initiatives.  Dr. Westcott is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has served as Co-Chair of the NeHII HIE Advisory Council and as a member of the NeHII Executive Committee prior to accepting the role as President of the Board.  He too was involved in the early beginnings of the health information exchange from 2005.  “I am very much looking forward to continuing the terrific work that has been done under Dr. Frankel’s excellent leadership the past several years.  We will continue to enhance NeHII to make it even more useful to Nebraska physicians and providers and thereby contribute to the quality and safety of patient care for all patients participating in NeHII,” said Dr. Michael Westcott.

Under the leadership of Dr. Westcott, NeHII will continue to achieve success and will continue to be recognized as a national leader in the exchange of health care information.

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Chase County Community Hospital Joins NeHII - Nebraska Health Information Exchange - Imperial, Neb. - Chase County Community Hospital recently joined hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the state of Nebraska and western Iowa as a member of Nebraska's health information exchange known as Nebraska Health Information Initiative, or "NeHII."

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CHI Health Moving Forward With Statewide NeHII - Nebraska Health Information Exchange Implementation - With the addition of six CHI Health hospitals, 62 percent of hospital beds in the state of Nebraska will be connected to Nebraska’s health information exchange known as Nebraska Health Information Initiative or "NeHII”.

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*DIRECT MESSAGING * NeHII is pleased to announce the addition of Direct Messaging to its menu of products and services to support the exchange of health care information and enhance the quality of care while controlling the cost of health care.

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Class A Membership Information - Are you a health care professional who would like to become more active in NeHII? Sign up for a NeHII Class A Membership by clicking on the application link below. Applications and $100 annual fee can be submitted to NeHII, Inc., PO Box 27842, Omaha, NE 68127. For further information, please contact support@nehii.org.


NeHII is now offering site licensing! This allows for all healthcare providers employed or contracted with a participating hospital to have access to the VHR at no additional cost to the provider!

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New Hire! The Nebraska Health Information Exchange (NeHII) is pleased to announce the hire of Rachel Houseman, BS, PMP, as a project manager.

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