This webinar examines the opportunities to capture funding from CMS to develop core HIE services, public health infrastructure, electronic Clinical Quality Measurement (eCQM) infrastructure, and provider onboarding.

We demonstrate how some innovative HIEs are leveraging these grants and have elected multiple funded activities to boost growth, expand regional interoperability, and upgrade to higher performing technology stacks.

We chat with George Beckett, Chief Business Development Officer at the Cedar Bridge Group, and Orion Health’s Director of Industry Relations/Solutions Consulting, Laura Young, about the process to request funding for health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure.

In this webinar, we explain:

  • The CMS 90/10 funding opportunities for private and public HIEs
  • The funding strategy used by NDHIN and their 5-year business plan
  • How NDHIN has created a solid data foundation for their data strategy and how they are expanding their infrastructure

Featured Speakers:

George Beckett - Chief Business Development Officer, Cedar Bridge Group LLC

George is an experienced executive with a wide variety of skills ranging from program and project management, product development, implementation and deployment, marketing, sales, change management, strategic planning and operational delivery. He has extensive expertise in many segments of the healthcare industry. George started his career with IBM, first as a systems engineer, then transitioning into sales where he was award the top 1% of all IBM salespersons in 1990. He then started his own services and software development business where his company developed one of the first community hospital EMR systems which eventually were installed in over 100 hospitals across the U.S. and U.K. 

Through this experience with hospital systems across the country, after selling his successful company he helped run a large hospital delivery network IT department and was later chosen as the HIT Coordinator for the State of Tennessee where he recently served being the central figure for advancing the state’s healthcare information exchange efforts and meaningful use adoption. He is currently on the board of the State of Tennessee HIMSS Chapter, and a former member of the HIMSS EHRA.

Laura Young Director of Industry Relations/Solutions Consulting, Orion Health

Laura Young is an information technology expert with over 25 years working within the IT industry with a focus on government, non-profit, education and healthcare.  She has degrees in Information Technology and Health Services Management.  Laura has been a leader in the healthcare IT sector for over 10 years with a specific focus on Clinical IT and HIE systems.   Laura previously worked as an IT Director at Banner Health where she managed their private HIE and their ambulatory EHR. She joined Behavioral Health Network of Arizona (BHINAZ)  in January 2013 and spent almost 4 years as the Executive Director, becoming a Subject Matter Expert on HIE, Interoperability and 42 CFR Part 2. Laura joined Orion Health in October 2016 as the Director of Industry Relations and Solution Consulting. She currently serves nationally as the Vice Chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Committee, as well as the eHealth Initiatives Connecting Communities Workgroup.  She also serves as President of the board of the Arizona HIMSS Chapter.