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Mosaica Partners' Kolkman to Chair HIMSS Healthcare Information Exchange Steering Committee
Date:7/23/2008

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Laura Kolkman, President, Mosaica Partners, a nationally recognized health information exchange consulting firm, has been selected to serve as Chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) Steering Committee.

The HIE Steering Committee, which strives to represent all HIE stakeholders including providers, payers, vendors, consultants and life sciences, leads HIMSS' activities within the field of HIE. Its primary focus is on issues including technology, interoperability, standards utilization and harmonization. The Committee also supports HIMSS activities on the national, state and local levels.

"It is an honor to be entrusted to lead the HIE Steering Committee, particularly given the transformational nature of the work already underway by HIMSS and the healthcare industry as a whole. By making health information available and accessible when and where it is needed, we can improve the quality and delivery of care across the nation," said Kolkman.

Kolkman, whose one-year term began July 1, was appointed by the HIMSS Board of Directors following an application process that included the recruitment of candidates from HIMSS members nationwide. The appointment is testament to Kolkman's expertise and proven track record of guiding organizations in the establishment of sustainable HIEs and Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs).

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, President and CEO, HIMSS, said: "Laura's staunch advocacy of health information exchange and her ability to balance the needs and interests of healthcare, technology and the community will serve HIMSS and the HIE Steering Committee well as we continue advancing toward our goal of improved delivery of care through health information exchange."

Kolkman began her career as a registered nurse before earning a master's degree in computer science. She held a variety of national and international executive positions in the pharmaceutical and technology industries, including that of chief information officer for a multi-billion dollar corporation.

She founded Mosaica Partners in 2005 and has guided its growth into a leading HIE consulting firm. Most recently, Mosaica Partners was engaged by the states of Arizona and Maryland to assist in their HIE formation efforts. Other recent clients include the Montgomery County HIE Collaborative, Electronic Health Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), Tampa Bay Health-e Connection (TBHC) and Tampa Bay RHIO.

HIMSS is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

About Mosaica Partners

Based in St. Petersburg, Fla., Mosaica Partners (http://www.mosaicapartners.com) is a nationally recognized health information exchange consulting firm that works with states, regions and private companies to develop health information exchange strategies and plans. From facilitation through formation, policy development, governance, business, sustainability planning and implementation, Mosaica's experienced consultants work to develop a complete strategic plan for capturing, managing, using and sharing electronic health information.


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