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September 26, 2018

The Health Collaborative’s Keith Hepp Re-Elected to 2018 SHIEC Board of Directors

CFO and SVP of Business Development is a Founding Member of the HIE Collaborative

Keith Hepp

CINCINNATI – The Health Collaborative (THC) is proud to announce the re-election of Keith Hepp, its CFO and SVP of Business Development, to the SHIEC Board of Directors. SHIEC, or the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, is a collaborative representing health information exchanges (HIEs) nationwide. The organization represents 70+ HIEs which collectively cover more than 200 million people across the U.S., well over half of the American population.

2018 board election results were recently announced during the organization’s August business meeting in Atlanta. One new board member: Dan Chavez, Executive Director, San Diego Health Connect, and three returning members: Keith Hepp; Teresa Rivera, President, UHIN; and Dick Thompson, CEO and Executive Director, Quality Health Network, were recognized.

“Keith has been one of the leaders of SHIEC from day one,” Thompson commented. “His experience, leadership, and sense of humor have been and will continue to be invaluable! We appreciate his service to our collective collaboration.”

SHIEC Board Chair Dan Porreca, Executive Director of HEALTHeLINK HIE in Western New York State, remarked of Keith’s service:

“We are very fortunate to have had, and to continue to have Keith on the board. Keith has served as an officer in the role of treasurer and has consistently provided leadership and passion in promoting and advancing HIE nationally and providing guidance to the SHIEC organization from an operational perspective.”

Hepp helped to found SHIEC in 2014 – 17 years after the 1997 inception of HealthBridge, the Greater Cincinnati region’s original HIE prior to its 2015 merger with THC and the Greater Cincinnati Health Council.

As a national expert on nonprofit sustainability and a member of THC’s executive team, he has been tapped to lead business development and finance for the organization. He has also worked as a consultant to many other HIEs around the country, providing them with financial advice, calculation of return on investment (ROI), and business case recommendations.

“It’s an honor to be selected by my peers to continue serving on the SHIEC Board,” Hepp shared. “SHIEC has made incredible progress on connecting health information exchanges across the country in a short period of time. I’m delighted to continue my service to such a nationally important organization.”

Hepp has spoken widely on health information technology (HIT) and data exchange for a variety of national events throughout his career in healthcare informatics. He was recently named as a finalist for Cincinnati’s CFO of the Year award. He received a B.A./B.S. in Accounting from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For the full roster of the 2018-2019 SHIEC Board of Directors, please visit For general information about SHIEC, please visit




About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit