eHealth Initiative launches Connecting Communities Toolkit
eHealth Initiative announced that it has launched the eHealth Initiative’s Connecting Communities Toolkit – a structured, how-to synthesis of the knowledge and expertise the organization has gathered and a set of principles and tools designed to equip states, regions and communities with the information and expertise to begin or advance health information exchange initiatives and organizations. It offers insight into areas crucial to start-up and successful survival, such as organization and governance, value creation and financing, practice transformation and quality, policies for information-sharing, technical aspects and public policy and advocacy. The Toolkit is available online at

The organization plans for the Toolkit to evolve as national standards and policies evolve.