The NeHII Annual Meeting was held August 6, 2015 at the Buffalo Point Steakhouse in Sidney, NE. The meeting, hosted by Jason Petik, CEO of Sidney Regional Medical Center, drew great interest from across the region with over 60 attendees. The meeting's keynote speakers included Scott Iverson, Chief Operating Officer, Clinical and HIE Solutions, Optum; Frat Iqbal, Senior Manager Clinical Affairs IT & HIE, NYU Langone Medical Center; and Calder Lynch, Director of Medicaid & Long-Term Care, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. 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 Roger Hertz, retired SVP/CIO at Methodist Health System and former Secretary of the NeHII Board of Directors. Roger 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 Roger as an HIT Visionary and presented the award on behalf of the NeHII Board of Directors. "Roger’s commitment to NeHII and the financial sustainability of this non-profit HIE has been key to NeHII’s success in achieving financial stability this past year. Under his leadership, NeHII developed a budget and resource management plan to manage the limited resources closely while seeking additional funding from State government to support the sustainability plan. We are truly thankful for his past leadership and commitment to NeHII’s success.”
Deb Bass, Chief Executive Officer of NeHII, also commented, "One of the most rewarding results of the NeHII Annual Meeting is to see all the accomplishments achieved by NeHII stakeholders over the past twelve months and learn about their goals for the next twelve months. NeHII's plan to migrate to the HIE 2.0 platform and provide analytics solution offerings remains foremost as the single most critical achievement we must accomplish in the months ahead. Now that we have achieved financial sustainability we must turn our sights to future needs of the various participants and make certain we deliver value added services to meet those needs. Thank you to all who attended and made the event such a success."