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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)

The Health COllaborative is a member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, and we work with them to bring healthcare industry & policy news, as well as educational & networking opportunities, to our stakeholders & staff. 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.


[mk_blockquote align=”left”]“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[/mk_blockquote]



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-effective) care, health care providers need a way to access all available and relevant patient data.

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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 the national trade association of HIEs. More than 50 member organizations manage and provide for the secure digital exchange of health data for hospitals, healthcare providers, and other participants, together serving more than half of the U.S. patient population. As the unbiased data trustees in their communities, SHIEC member organizations are critical to advancing effective, efficient healthcare delivery.

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.

Collaborative Communities

Our Data and Technology service line, 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 service line) 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 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



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