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ONC Awards AHIMA Foundation $1.2M for HIE Project

September 1, 2009
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The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has awarded the Chicago-based American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation a one-year, $1.2 million grant to continue its State-level Health Information Exchange (SL-HIE) Consensus Project.

According to AHIMA, the Consensus Project will continue to provide field-based strategies and practices combined with consensus-based solutions to nationally advance HIE adoption, implementation and use to improve quality and increase systemic efficiencies.

The strategic priorities for the Project are to:

  • · Expand the knowledge base regarding effective HIE and SL-HIE governance, organizational effectiveness, and sustainability of SL-HIE efforts in the emerging nationwide context.
  • · Provide an effective state-level HIE voice for timely information about SL-HIE experiences and perspectives and to convey strategic input from the Forum that advances HIE development across states and nationwide.
  • · Provide targeted one-on-one technical supports and assistance to SL-HIE leaders in different stages as they develop and implement their statewide plans and governance and technical infrastructures in coordination with ONC.
  • · Provide a Health Information Exchange Information Service to enhance networking, shared learning and promising practices.

The Consensus Project has been sponsored by ONC and managed by the AHIMA Foundation since 2006. The AHIMA Foundation is the philanthropic and charitable arm of AHIMA.

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