The American Health Information Management Association Foundation said it has received a $1.2 million grant from HHS to continue the foundation's state-level health information exchange consensus project
, which it began in 2006. Sponsored by HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the consensus project is led by a 13-member steering committee of state-level, HIE leaders. It supports a leadership forum, open to all states, that encourages both public- and private-sector leaders to participate, learn and receive technical support to help them implement practical and effective HIE.
Preparing to respond to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009's Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, “states are being challenged to achieve and demonstrate value and impact from HIE to improve health and healthcare delivery," said Mary Madison, executive director of the AHIMA Foundation, in a news release about the grant. "The consensus project will continue to provide practical and field-based resources to support this work."
The consensus project's priorities include expanding the knowledge bases regarding effective HIE and state-level HIE governance; providing targeted, one-on-one technical support and assistance to state-level HIE leaders; and providing a health information exchange information service to enhance networking, shared learning and promising practices, according to the foundation, which was established in 1962 as AHIMA's philanthropic and charitable arm.