Innovation in Data Dissemination Award

Each year since 2009, NAHDO has honored an organization with the distinguished Innovation in Data Dissemination Award. The NAHDO Board of Directors established this award to recognize the importance of effectively communicating health data to the public.

While the Elliot M. Stone Award of Excellence in Health Leadership is intended for an individual, the Innovation in Data Dissemination Award is designed to be awarded to an organization.  The NAHDO Board of Directors established this award in 2009 to recognize the importance of effectively communicating health data to the public.  Eligible organizations may be government agencies, non-profit organizations, or for-profit companies, and data dissemination efforts might include Websites, advertising campaigns, written reports, or a combination of these and other communication initiatives. 

The 2020 Awardee is the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

Larry Garber accepting the award

Larry Garber, MAeHC Board Chair, receiving the award

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) has been a pioneer and national leader in health information technology for over 15 years and is winding down its operations in 2020. The organization was originally formed to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in Massachusetts and the surrounding region through the creation and promotion of health information technologies that allow hospitals, physicians, and other provider organizations to immediately access critical patient medical information. This non-profit organization has worked alongside organizations from across the healthcare continuum to support their meaningful adoption of technology. MAeHC has also played a major role in advising and leading various industry initiatives in interoperability, standards development, and health IT policy. “I couldn’t be prouder of what MAeHC has accomplished since its inception,” said Lawrence Garber, MD, Chairman of the Board of MAeHC. “As the company enters this final phase, we can look back at a job well done, with highlights that include making the first interoperable healthcare community in the country, as well as creating an effective and affordable analytics and event-notification infrastructure that helped improve the care of millions of patients around the country." NAHDO is pleased to recognize MAeHC's seminal role in extracting data from electronic health record systems and promoting the use of this data to improve quality and enhance efficiency.

Past recipients

2009 - Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis

2010 - New Hampshire Insurance Department and the Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Health Insurance

2011 - Virginia Health Information (VHI)

2012 - Department of Health and Human Services Health Data Initiative (HDI)

2013 - Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) & Treo Solutions

2014 - Consumer Reports

2015 - No Award

2016 - Maine Health Data Organization

2017 - No Award

2018 - Washington All-Payer Claims Database’s new HealthCareCompare website

2019 - Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA)

2020 - Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative