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HIMSS Foundation and National eHealth Collaborative Announce Merger

December 23, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The HIMSS Foundation and the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) are merging to enhance and improve patient-centered care, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced.

NeHC’s Board of Directors approved the merger in late November, and NeHC members approved the merger in mid-December. The HIMSS Foundation Board of Directors also approved the merger in mid-December, which is effective on December 23, 2013. NeHC will fold into the HIMSS Foundation.

With the merger completed, by early spring new or expanded initiatives operating within the HIMSS Foundation include:

  • The creation of the HIMSS Center for patient- and family-centered care, aligning with HIMSS’s connected patient committee and community.
  • NeHC’s education programs will be integrated with a NeHC University and resource library on HIMSS’s website.
  • NeHC’s health information exchange programs will become part of the HIMSS HIE portfolio.

NeHC was created five years ago by Mike Leavitt when he was Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Operating as an independent, non-profit organization, NeHC has worked closely with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) as well as other public and private organizations to encourage effective use of health IT.  The original five-year cooperative agreement funding from ONC ended in 2013.

As part of the merger, NeHC members will become HIMSS members.  The NeHC Board of Directors will appoint a volunteer advisory committee to help shape the agenda of the new HIMSS Center for patient- and family-centered care, reinforcing the importance of and commitment to this transformation set of programs.

“NeHC leadership is excited to come together with the HIMSS Foundation and to be part of the recognized leader in the health IT field,” Kate Berry, NeHC CEO, said in a statement.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to leverage and build on the capabilities and strengths of the two organizations and our many members to drive progress that will ultimately benefit patients.”



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