Healthcare IT and Biotechnology News Release
Date of Publication: Friday, June 23, 2006


Conference to be held July 18 – 19 in Arlington, VA
CHICAGO -- The Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will host a conference on July 18-19 for stakeholders from state-level regional health information organizations (RHIOs) to advance understanding of the principles and practices for success.

"Development of State Level RHIOs: Consensus Conference" is part of the research being conducted by FORE?under contract to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to develop practice and policy guidance for state-level RHIOs in the areas of governance, structur?, financing and health information exchange policies.

The conference is open to anyone interested in examining the successes and challenges in state-level organizations and initiatives that coordinate health information exchanges or services. The agenda will consist of plenary sessions, panel discussions and structured dialogue about draft models and practices for effective state-level initiatives. Additionally, the conference will explore how state-level entities might link to and coordinate with the framework for strategic health IT action, the work of American Health Information Community, and other national health IT infrastructure initiatives.

“This is a unique opportunity for stakeholders to learn and help shape the thinking of this rapidly evolving component of the nation wide health information landscape,” states Eileen M. Murray, MM, CFRE, CAE, VP and Executive Director of FORE. “Recommendations from the meeting will be incorporated into a final report to ONC, as will as made publicly available.

The consensus conference will take place July 18 – 19 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA. It will run from 10:00am – 5:00pm July 18 and 9:00am – 12:00pm on July 19. Draft documents will be made available online by July 11 for participants to review prior to the conference. For more information, including agenda and registration, visit

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