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Indiana Health Information Exchange Names Overhage CEO; Medical Informatics Veteran Will Lead Effort to ''Wire'' Central Indiana Healthcare.



INDIANAPOLIS -- Effective August 16th, J. Marc Overhage, M.D., Ph.D., has been named President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE IHIE Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (UK) ), a non-profit venture aimed at improving patient care and efficiency by sharing clinical data among Central Indiana healthcare providers. IHIE is among the first start-up enterprises formed through BioCrossroads, Indiana's life sciences initiative, in collaboration with regional hospitals, the Regenstrief Institute, and other prominent state and local health organizations.

Dr. Overhage served as Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine The Indiana University School of Medicine is the medical school of Indiana University, part of the Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Established in 1903, the school had an initial class of 25 students.  and a Senior Investigator at the Regenstrief Institute, a world leader in health informatics research and operator of the Regenstrief Medical Records System, the nation's oldest continuously operated medical records database. Overhage is also a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics The American College of Medical Informatics is a college of elected fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics.  and has written and lectured extensively on the application of information technology to improve healthcare quality and efficiency.

These experiences will serve Overhage well in leading IHIE, a new model for eliminating information barriers between healthcare entities. IHIE will "wire" health care in the region by creating a common, secure infrastructure that will enhance communication and information sharing among providers. It will also allow providers to access patient information housed in other hospitals through a broad clinical database managed by the Regenstrief Institute.

"By finding ways to share critical information while protecting patient privacy, the Health Information Exchange is developing technologies and protocols that may someday be applied across the nation, even around the world," said Overhage. "It's an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to leading the effort forward."

Overhage assumed the duties of previous IHIE CEO Micky Tripathi of the Boston Consulting Group, which played an integral role in developing the Health Information Exchange concept.

Beyond BioCrossroads and Regenstrief, other IHIE partners include the City of Indianapolis, Clarian Health Partners, Community Health Network, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 860,454. The estimated population in 2006 was 865,504. The county seat is Indianapolis6. Geography
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 and Health Centers, St. Vincent Health St. Vincent Health is a nonprofit hospital and health care system based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Named for the 17th century Parisian St. Vincent de Paul, St. Vincent Health is the state's sixth largest employer at 11,500 and operates 17 hospital facilities that serve 45 counties  and Wishard Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract  and ICare Connect.
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