Thursday, September 18, 2008

Middle Tennessee RHIO gets legs at last

Though it's still pretty much on the drawingboard, key Middle Tennessee healthcare providers today officially announced their commitment to what is now branded the Middle Tennessee eHealthConnect regional health information organization. Key executives, who signed a memo of understanding months ago, include Dr. Reginald Coopwood (left), CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority; James Houser, CEO, St. Thomas Health Services; Larry Kloess, CEO, TriStar Health System; and, Dr. Martin Sandler, associate vice chancellor for Hospital Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The group's release this afternoon indicated MTeHC will collaborate with the Governor's eHealth Advisory Council, as well as with MidSouth eHealth Alliance in Memphis, CareSpark in upper eastern Tennessee, Innovation Valley Health Information Network in Knoxville and the statewide Shared Health network. Vicki Estrin from the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health (VCBH) will help the group become operational. Also, Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker involved helping the new group create a nonprofit organization to pursue the RHIOs mission.

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