Washington, DC (March 2, 2010) – National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today announced the creation of “NHIN University,” a program designed to educate and engage health IT stakeholders on efforts to develop the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).

The inaugural semester of NHIN University will feature a series of webinars intended to provide stakeholders with foundational knowledge about what the NHIN is, how it works, and the vital trust fabric that underpins the safe and secure exchange of health information.  One of the most important qualities of NHIN University classes will be the ability for stakeholders to interact with their “professors,” providing real-time, real-world reactions to the information presented.

“NeHC is pleased to announce this effort to educate and engage stakeholders about the ongoing evolution of the NHIN.  New models for exchange using the NHIN are developing rapidly, and NHIN University will not only enable stakeholders to stay informed but will also provide the feedback loop that policymakers need to be successful,” said Laura Adams, Chair, NeHC Board of Directors, and President & CEO, Rhode Island Quality Institute.

NeHC presented NHIN 101: An Introduction to the Nationwide Health Information Network, at its Stakeholder Forum on February 22, 2010, and will hold the next class in the NHIN 100 series on March 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm ET.  NHIN 102: Secure and Meaningful Exchange of Health Information over the Internet will be taught by Professor Douglas Fridsma, MD, PhD, Acting Director, Office of Standards and Interoperability, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University.

NHIN 103: Architectures for Health Information Exchange and their Use will be offered in mid-April, and will be taught by Richard Kernan, NHIN Specification Lead (Contractor), ONC.  NHIN 104: The Trust Fabric of the NHIN: Making Exchange a Good Choice will be offered in mid-May.  Recorded webinars and class transcripts will also be available on the NeHC website.  A more advanced summer series, NHIN 200, will be announced later this year.

To register for NHIN University, sign up at www.nationalehealth.org/NHIN-U.  Attendees of HIMSS10 can register onsite at NeHC’s Education Session: #117 – National eHealth Collaborative Town Hall: Trust Relationships for Health Information Exchange, on Tuesday, March 2 at 1:00 pm in Room C208 of the Georgia World Congress Center, or by visiting ONC’s NHIN kiosk in the Interoperability Showcase.  Roving NeHC staffers wearing “Ask Me How to Register for NHIN University” badges can also take individual registrations directly.


About National eHealth Collaborative

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is an independent, trusted and collaborative public-private organization that promotes the creation and use of a secure interoperable nationwide health information system to advance the public’s interest in health and the quality, safety, efficiency and accessibility of healthcare.  NeHC was developed through an open, multi-year, multi-stakeholder process, and is structured as a non-profit organization with balanced public, academic and private sector participation.  NeHC receives funding from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but has also begun to build an impressive foundational membership base.  Members of the NeHC Board of Directors are recognized leaders, representing key constituencies in our healthcare system.  To learn more about NeHC or its initiatives, visit www.nationalehealth.org.

National eHealth Collaborative Activities in 2010

In 2010, NeHC will be actively engaged with ONC to support the growth of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).  NeHC will also continue to be deeply engaged in driving broader efforts to educate, provide practical guidance, and encourage collaboration and consensus among stakeholders — building on the success we have had through our Stakeholder Forums and working groups in 2009.