New Hampshire Governor Lynch Signs Key Health Information Exchange Bill; MAeHC to Provide HIE Expertise

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched the state’s Health Information Organization.  Governor John Lynch recently signed the House Bill 489 officially establishing New  Hampshire’s Health Information Organization  (NH-HIO). By request of the New Hampshire stakeholders, the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) was asked to provide expert advisory services, volunteer workgroup facilitation and planning support to the HIE project.  MAeHC is a pioneer and national leader in HIE implementation.

Pioneering HIE Expert, MAeHC, to Continue Coordinating e-Health Adoption Efforts with New Hampshire Health Care Leaders and Stakeholders

Waltham, Mass., August 10, 2011 – The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) congratulates the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the launch of the state’s Health Information Organization.  In a recent New Hampshire Statehouse ceremony Governor John Lynch signed House Bill 489, which officially established the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NH-HIO).

“This new law allows the creation of a health information organization, which will mean a faster, easier and more secure transfer of health records, saving time and money, while still protecting patient privacy,” said Governor Lynch.

HB 489 is the culmination of several years  of  collaborative  planning  among more than 80 stakeholders working closely  with  the  New  Hampshire  General  Court.  DHHS’ Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) led the planning effort with support from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and the NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

“The establishment of NH-HIO is a testament to the vision, dedication, and hard work of health care providers, state government leaders, health insurers and consumers across the Granite State,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.  “We are honored that NH-HIO has allowed MAeHC to play a key role in the development and support of the health information exchange.”

By request of the New Hampshire stakeholders, MAeHC was asked to provide expert advisory services, volunteer workgroup facilitation and planning support to the HIE project.  MAeHC, a pioneer in HIE implementation, also operates New Hampshire’s Regional Extension Center (REC-NH), which assists New Hampshire clinicians and hospitals with the adoption of health information technology and achievement of Meaningful Use goals. Together, the NH-HIO and REC-NH will collaborate to provide safe, coordinated and high quality care for New Hampshire patients.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC was formed in 2004 to bring together the state’s major health care stakeholders for the purpose of establishing an electronic health record system that would enhance the quality, efficiency, and safety of care in Massachusetts. MAeHC’s charitable mission is to transform the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT through community-based adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org

   

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