Columbus Community Hospital Joins NeHII - Nebraska Health Information Exchange

10/11/2012

 Columbus Community Hospital recently joined hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the state as a member of the statewide health information exchange known as Nebraska Health Information Initiative, or "NeHII”.

“NeHII will benefit our patients by helping reduce duplication of medical procedures and allowing health care providers to make safer, more informed decisions,”   notes Mike Hansen, the Hospital’s CEO. 

NeHII is a web-based health information exchange sponsored by Nebraska physicians, hospitals and clinics, and health insurance companies.  It provides a system to electronically display personal health and medical information securely between doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers when it is needed for patient care.

NeHII provides a comprehensive view of patient history which is especially helpful in emergencies or in the event that a Columbus patient receives care from a provider or hospital in another part of the state.

"It is with great enthusiasm we welcome the Columbus provider community to NeHII.  Their participation reflects their commitment to improvement in patient care coordination and facilitating safer and more efficient exchange of patient information between providers" said Dr. Harris Frankel, president of the NeHII Board of Directors. 

Patient participation in NeHII is optional.  While NeHII would like everyone to recognize the benefits of participation, a patient may decide not to share their medical information and may opt-out of the exchange simply by contacting NeHII.
Columbus Community Hospital is an acute care facility, with both inpatient and outpatient services.  The hospital consists of over 550 employees and 300+ volunteers. CCH is a community owned, not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing compassionate, accessible healthcare close to home.

About NeHII:
As an early adopter and national leader for Health Information Exchange, NeHII, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has functioned as a public-private collaborative that currently reaches nearly 85 percent of lives in Nebraska and a substantial number of individuals in Nebraska's six border states.  NeHII's vision is to be a leader in the secure exchange of health information, enabling a healthier Nebraska.

NeHII Contact:
Deb Bass, Chief Executive Officer, NeHII, Inc., 402.981.7664, dbass@nehii.org

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