The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) received a $5.5 million award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The purpose of the award is to promote Health Information Exchange (HIE) that shall advance mechanisms for information exchange sharing across the health care system.
NH DHHS established the New Hampshire Health Information Exchange Planning and Implementation Project (HIEPI) as a four-year initiative to plan and implement Health Information Exchange (HIE) capability in New Hampshire. At this time, NH HIE efforts are focused on the sharing of clinical health information between health care entities. Members of the project included project staff, a HIEPI cross-functional Core Team, project consultants as well as over 100 stakeholders representing 40 stakeholder groups. These individuals were tasked with identifying the current HIE landscape and determining where gaps exist and how best to address them. From there, project members continued working through the collaborative process to develop the NH Strategic and Operational Plan. The Office of the National Coordinator approved this plan in December 2010 and the implementation stage of the project was officially started.
Based on Stakeholder input, legislation was introduced to form a 501(c)3 Health Information Organization. Signed into law on July 5, 2011, the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) working along side DHHS is an important next step in creating a long term HIE solution for NH. The legislation ensures that the governing board of this organization is comprised of broad stakeholder representation.