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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 of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), 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 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 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 State Department of Health, Indiana State Medical Association, IU School of Medicine, Indianapolis Medical Society, Marion County Health Department, St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, St. Vincent Health and Wishard Health Services and ICare Connect.
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