In 2005, a group of leaders saw the need to improve health care for Nebraska's patients. Doctors, hospitals and pharmacies wanted to create a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) that would be safe, free of charge, and would enable health care providers to securely share patient information with each other. This would improve safety and care delivery, and would reduce the chance that patients would have to go through the same medical procedures twice.
At first, progress was slow. So, a group of individuals from health organizations around the state met in a “Decision Accelerator” meeting. The meeting was a success and eventually brought NeHII (Nebraska Health Information Initiative) to where it is today.
Since then, NeHII has surpassed all programs of its kind. NeHII started working with leading health information companies and a Request for Information (RFI) began. From the list of responders, a follow-up Request for Proposal (RFP) was offered to seven selected vendors.
These vendors needed to meet the initiative's specific requirements to eventually become a partner in this plan. The winning vendor had to prove: 1) its technology could function with third-party Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), and 2) its ability to provide EMR usage for physicians who don't have this technology. Axolotl, Inc. met all the requirements and became the new HIE partner.
The temporary board of directors approved the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and formed NeHII, Inc. With this came the election of a permanent board of directors. And in 2008, NeHII, Inc. became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
To learn about the NeHII Security Policy, click here.