National Collaboration

Leading By Example

Cincinnati is recognized across the U.S. for its success creating a collaborative foundation for improving health care. Now we’re sharing what we’ve learned with other communities.

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NHRI)

We are members of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, and our CEO, Craig Brammer, is serving a two year term on their board. The NHRI mission is similar to ours: to improve health and healthcare in communities across the U.S. through the active and engaged network of their member Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives.

“These multi-stakeholder organizations are working in their regions and collaborating across regions to transform the healthcare delivery system and achieve the Triple Aim: improving the patient experience of care, including quality and satisfaction; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per-capita cost of healthcare.”   -NHRI

Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration

Fostering better care, better outcomes and lower costs

The Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration began in September 2010, laying important groundwork for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative [link to 3.1.3]. Our region was one of 17 selected to participate in the Beacon Community Program, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). The 17 ONC-funded Beacon Communities received grants to build and strengthen local health IT infrastructure and test innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in quality, cost and population health.

Based on its work in the Beacon Collaboration, our region was one of only 7 selected in 2012 to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative [link to 3.1.3], a new partnership between payers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans, self-insured businesses, and primary care providers.

Read the press release for further information.


Thanks to GE for its assistance with producing this video on Greater Cincinnati’s Health Transformation.

Collaborative Communities

Our Data and Technology division, HealthBridge, provides health information exchange (HIE) support for independent HIEs in other communities. We provide the technology – the infrastructure and backend functionality – that members of these HIEs use to run programs and gather, analyze, and transfer information.

EHealth Exchange

HealthBridge (our Data and Technology division) was one of a group of federal agencies and leading HIE organizations that began exchanging health information based upon an initial set of specifications, services, testing resources and legal and support frameworks developed during the NHIN Trial Implementation. These early implementation experiences informed development of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), which is now called eHealth Exchange and is supported by Healtheway, a new nonprofit public-private partnership.

Our eHealth Exchange activities include:

  • Founding member of the NwHIN eHealth Exchange
  • Representation on the NwHIN Exchange Coordinating Committee
  • Onboarded as one of NwHIN Exchange’s earliest production members.
  • Selected along with four other HIEs in the state of Indiana to collaborate and communicate healthcare data via national standards

Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC)

A significant portion of patient health data is stored with multiple unconnected organizations. To deliver the best (high quality, coordinated, cost-

Keith Hepp, CFO and SVP, Business Development

Keith Hepp, CFO and SVP, Business Development

effective) care, health care providers need a way to access all available and relevant patient data. We are a founding member of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), which brings leading health information exchanges (HIEs) across the country together to “use information technology and trusted relationships in their service areas to enable secure, authorized exchange of patient information among disparate providers.

SHIEC is a not-for-profit national trade association of collaborative regional, state, and community-based health information exchanges. Founded in late 2014, SHIEC assists member organizations through the exchange of ideas and business practices, as well as through public education and advocacy.

The Health Collaborative is among the 19 founding member organizations, with our own Keith Hepp named as Secretary and Treasurer of the board of directors. Hepp is CFO and Senior Vice President of Business Development at The Health Collaborative.