National eHealth Collaborative Seeks New Board Members

Washington, DC - National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) has invited nominations for leaders in the health and healthcare fields to serve on the NeHC Board of Directors.

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership developed through an open, multi-year, multi-stakeholder process and operates under a cooperative agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), making it uniquely constituted to be the objective convener of stakeholders and incubator of collaborative efforts to help shape the future of health information exchange. As NeHC turns the corner into its second year, NeHC leaders are looking to their many stakeholders for recommendations on who should be asked to fill vacancies on the NeHC Board of Directors.

"By encouraging the broad adoption and use of health information technologies and electronic health information exchange, we help to create a true patient-centered health system. Public and private sector efforts to expand funding and develop policies and standards are having a significant impact in driving this momentum, with much more to follow in the coming months and years. However, achieving the ultimate objective - measurably improving individual and population health by enabling the seamless and secure nationwide exchange of electronic health information - will also require unprecedented engagement and collaboration among all the stakeholders of our healthcare system, and NeHC plans to help lead that engagement in 2010," said NeHC Board Chair Dr. John Tooker, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians.

"In 2010, NeHC will 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. NeHC will also be actively engaged with ONC to take on responsibilities to support the growth of the Nationwide Health Information Network. Our upcoming projects require that new Board members be skilled at handling the challenge of building on a vision and generating unified action and support within a diverse, member-driven organization, and we look forward to those people being nominated by our stakeholders," said NeHC Nominations Committee Chair Janet Corrigan, President and CEO of the National Quality Forum.

Stakeholders may self-nominate or recommend a colleague by completing the online form at http://www.nationalehealth.org/ShowContent.aspx?id=327. Nominations for NeHC's Board of Directors will be accepted through December 25, 2009. A provisional slate of nominations will be posted on the NeHC website for 10 days of public comment in early January 2010 and elections by the membership will be held in late January. For additional information, please visit www.nationalehealth.org or contact Meryt McGindley, NeHC Acting Communications and Membership Director, at [email protected] or (202) 624-3267.

Background on 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. 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) at 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.

What is required of members of NeHC's Board of Directors?

The candidates nominated will have demonstrated strong leadership in dynamic environments. They will be skilled at handling the challenge of generating unified action and support within a diverse, member-driven organization. They will know how build on a vision, balancing the realities of the present with the possibilities of the future to foster growth and maximize impact.

Board members are expected to:
-Fulfill fiduciary responsibilities, while balancing them with stakeholder interests;
-Help ensure that the organization has the resources necessary to fulfill its mission;
-Provide thought leadership on industry trends and developments;
-Attend Board meetings and implement Board actions; and
-Participate in and/or chair periodic committee meetings.

There are four vacancies on the NeHC Board, and elected Board members will be expected to serve out the remainder of their predecessor's term. Open seats have one-year, two-year and three-year terms.

What is the nomination process and deadline?

Nominations are currently being solicited for highly-qualified, executive-level individuals from the stakeholder community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 25, 2009. To recommend a candidate or self-nominate, please complete the online form at http://www.nationalehealth.org/ShowContent.aspx?id=327.

The NeHC Nominations Committee will be evaluating nominees and recommending a slate of new Board members to the membership in January 2010. Nominations will be posted on the NeHC website for a 10 day public comment period before NeHC organizational members vote on approval of new Board members.

The NeHC Nominations Committee is: Committee Chair Janet Corrigan, PhD, President and CEO, National Quality Forum; Kevin Hutchinson, NeHC Board Vice Chair and President and CEO, Prematics Inc.; Art Davidson, MD, Director, Public Health Informatics and Preparedness, Denver Public Health Department; Lillee Gelinas, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, VHA, Inc.; and Sherry Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance4Health.

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