HIE Leaders Roundtable “Discussion”

On Tuesday I attended the HIE Leaders Roundtable webcast sponsored by National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC).  The event was billed as “a unique roundtable discussion that will focus on critical success factors for establishing an HIE, as well as an exploration of the challenges and obstacles to achieving sustainability and building community support.”  The participants were mostly high ranking members of various HIEs (HIE the noun).  Kate Berry was the moderator of a panel that included:

  • Allen Byington – Executive Director, Big Bend RHIO
  • Devore Culver – Executive Director and CEO, HealthInfoNet
  • Dick Thompson – Executive Director, Quality Health Network
  • Keith Hepp – Interim CEO and VP of Business Development, HealthBridge
  • Kimberly Alise – CEO, Sandlot
  • Mark Jones – COO and Principal Investigator, SMRTNET
  • Michael Matthews – CEO, MedVirginia
  • Russ Thomas – President and COO, Availity
  • Ted Kremer – Executive Director, Rochester RHIO
  • Tim Cromwell – Director of Standards and Interoperability, Veterans Health Administration
  • Tom Fritz – CEO, Inland Northwest Health Services
  • Claudia Williams – Director, State HIE Programs, ONC
  • Jason Kunzman – Senior Program Director, Beacon Community Program, ONC

It was interesting to have some brass from so many different HIEs together (about half the crowd was in the room and the other half on the phone).  The vast majority of the time was spent expounding the strategies and business models of each individual HIE; most people merely pointed out differentiators of their HIE.  This is understandable given the varied participants but somewhat unfortunate because I feel like there was little discussion about *why* each HIE operates as it does and *how* each HIE achieves sustainability and provides value.  To call it a discussion would be a stretch, it was more like a presentation without slides.

That’s not to say that I didn’t learn anything.  Here are some interesting nuggets that I picked up in the 90 minute webcast:

  • There are currently three separate ACO efforts going on in the state of Maine.
  • A significant percent of veterans get care from the private sector.
  • Many of the HIEs are actively participating in the DIRECT Project.
  • Big Bend in Florida is provider-governed and that is perceived to be a significant asset.
  • Tactics for consumer engagement include the use of article banks and household mailings.

Lastly, in other news, Google Health is being retired.  According to Aaron Brown, Senior Project Manager of Google Health, it “didn’t catch on the way we would have hoped”.

Ron is a BCS founder; he can be contacted at ron's email address image. BCS was formed in 2010 in order to meet the increasingly complicated IT needs of the health care community. We offer experience in IT ranging from enterprise application development (J2EE, .NET) to Professional Services Consulting, Support and Project Management. The founders at BCS have over 20 years experience in health care and Financial Services technologies.

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