SOURCE: Surescripts

Surescripts

February 01, 2010 11:11 ET

Surescripts® Announces Appointment of Paul Uhrig to National eHealth Collaborative Board of Directors

NeHC Selects Surescripts General Counsel/Chief Privacy Officer for Board of Directors

ALEXANDRIA, VA and ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - February 1, 2010) - Surescripts, The Nation's E-Prescription Network™, today announced that Paul Uhrig, general counsel, executive vice president of legal and finance and chief privacy officer at Surescripts, has been appointed to the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) Board of Directors.

"Both the team at Surescripts and our colleagues within NeHC share a collaborative goal of incorporating technology into health care to improve lives, increase efficiencies and enable a seamless and secure exchange of information," said Uhrig. "Being asked to sit on the Board of NeHC is truly an honor and I'm thrilled to join this panel of industry visionaries that share our objectives."

"Achieving our ultimate objective -- measurably improving individual and population health by enabling the seamless and secure nationwide exchange of electronic health information -- will require unprecedented engagement and collaboration among all the stakeholders of our healthcare system. The knowledge and experience brought to our Board by Paul Uhrig will be of great value in this endeavor. I look forward to serving alongside him in 2010," said NeHC Board Chair Laura Adams, President and CEO of Rhode Island Quality Institute.

At Surescripts, Uhrig oversees all legal matters, finance, certification policy and compliance, internal audits and regulatory affairs. 

NeHC is a public-private partnership dedicated to the creation of a secure, interoperable, nationwide health information network that will advance the American public's interest in health and improve the quality, safety, efficiency and accessibility of healthcare. The organization seeks out candidates for its Board of Directors that embody certain characteristics, including: demonstrated leadership in changing environments; skill at handling multiple challenges within a diverse organization; and exceptional visionary capabilities that allow for successfully facing the realities of today with the growth possibilities of the future.

The NeHC Board members are expected to:

  • Fulfill fiduciary responsibilities and balance stakeholder interests
  • Ensure that the organization has the resources necessary to fulfill its mission
  • Provide thought leadership on industry trends and developments
  • Participate in and/or chair periodic committee meetings

NeHC was developed through an open, multi-year, multi-stakeholder process and operates under a cooperative agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), making it uniquely positioned to be the objective convener of stakeholders and facilitator of collaborative efforts to help shape the future of health information exchange.

For more information on Surescripts, please visit Surescripts.com

For more information on National eHealth Collaborative, please visit NationaleHealth.org

About Surescripts

Surescripts, The Nation's E-Prescription Network, gives healthcare providers secure, electronic access to prescription and health information that can save their patients' lives, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of healthcare for all. Available during emergencies or routine care, the Surescripts network connects prescribers in all 50 states through their choice of e-prescribing software to the nation's leading payers, chain pharmacies and independent pharmacies. Through its work in standards, certification, education and collaboration at the national, regional and state levels, Surescripts and its network have become the backbone that facilitates e-prescribing. For more information, go to www.surescripts.com.

About NeHC

The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is an independent, trusted and collaborative public-private organization that promotes the creation and effective use of a secure interoperable nationwide health information system to advance the public's interest in health and the quality, safety, efficiency and accessibility of healthcare. Structured as a non-profit organization with balanced public, academic and private sector participation, NeHC receives funding from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), but has also begun to build an impressive foundational membership base. Members of the NeHC Board of Directors are recognized leaders, representing key constituencies in our healthcare system.

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