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HIE Partnership Targets Health Data Exchange, Population Health

SHIEC and NRHI will join forces to enable health data exchange to support more efficient, cost effective patient care.

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By Kate Monica

- The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) has entered into a formal partnership with the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to improve patient care delivery, health data sharing, and population health management.

NRHI is a national organization of regional healthcare improvement collaboratives (RHICs). The organization represents more than 30 RHICs and state-affiliated partner organizations. RHICs are non-profit organizations governed by multi-stakeholder boards that include consumers, providers, payers, and purchasers. Combined with SHIEC, the organizations cover almost 75 percent of the US population and operate in 44 states.

HIEs assist RHICs by providing infrastructure for data sharing complying with federal, state, and regional regulations. SHIEC represents more than 50 statewide, regional, and community HIEs.

The partnership between the organizations will center on advancing policies to support regional health data sharing, identifying regional partnership opportunities between NRHI and SHIEC members, and pursuing opportunities to achieve common objectives. Additionally, the organizations will share best practices across members of both organizations.

“SHIEC and NRHI member organizations have similar missions with different areas of focus, each helping our communities achieve better, more efficient, and cost-effective patient care,” said SHIEC Board Chair and Executive Director of HEALTHeLINK Dan Porreca.

“Building closer ties with NRHI’s regional healthcare improvement collaboratives makes good sense because of the potential to allow both organizations to bring claims, clinical, and social determinants of health data together faster, while learning from each other’s areas of strength and experiences,” he continued.

NRHI members have experience collecting and reporting on quality and cost measures, designing initiatives to assist healthcare providers in improving performance, working with employers and other purchasers, and stewarding community-wide data. SHIEC will assist by providing trusted data repositories and improved connectivity.

“As a member of both organizations, I see this partnership as a natural marriage of the core missions of RHICs and HIEs – improving care and providing the underlying data infrastructure to support that work,” said NRHI Board Chair and President and CEO of HealthInsight Marc Bennett. “RHICs and HIEs each perform overlapping and interconnected functions, but by bringing together our strengths, we can each help amplify the work of the other, and deliver greater value by working hand-in-hand within the communities we serve.”

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