Earlier this month, a group of Health Information Exchanges (HIE) announced the formation of a trade association called the “Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative” (SHIEC).  According to press coverage, approximately 20 HIEs across the country formed SHIEC to share HIE best practices and collaborate on advocacy and public education efforts.  Dick Thompson, the Executive Director of the Quality Health Network in Colorado, will serve as the first Chairperson of SHIEC.

A SHIEC website and executive director are expected to be announced next month.