Diane Pace Joins Health Information Partnership for Tennessee Board

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Diane Todd Pace, PhD, assistant dean for faculty practice in the College of Nursing, has been invited to join the board of the Health Information Partnership for Tennessee (HIP TN).

Diane Todd Pace, PhD, FNP-BC, NCMP, CCD, FAANP, assistant dean for faculty practice in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing, has been invited to join the board of the Health Information Partnership for Tennessee (HIP TN), a statewide committee charged with implementing the secure exchange of health information. Dr. Pace is the first nursing expert on the 12-member board. The addition of Dr. Pace rounds out a mix of public/private health care leaders from across the state and ensures that patient-data needs are covered. From a nursing perspective, Dr. Pace will serve as a board member until September 30, 2010, when she is eligible for re-appointment.

Spearheaded by the State of Tennessee’s Office of e-Health Initiatives in 2009, HIP TN is a non-profit organization of Tennessee health leaders responding to needs for organized electronic health information sharing. The HIP TN mission is to improve the general health care needs of Tennesseans by planning the transmission of patient data through secure health information exchanges. The effort will ultimately improve the coordination of care, the quality of services, cost efficiency and public health concerns. In addition, HIP TN hopes the plan will attract federal funding for health information exchange as described in the technology portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information about HIP TN and its board, visit www.hiptn.org.