The National Alliance for Health Information Technology announced this morning that it will cease operation on September 30. COO Jane Horowitz says NAHIT has accomplished its mission of moving HIT “front and center” to reinvent the US healthcare system.
The NAHIT announcement says the challenge of implementing and using technology can be better met by other organizations. It named those as the American Hospital Association and the College of Health Information Management Executives, both of which were NAHIT founding members.
NAHIT was founded in 2002 as a technical standards organization. CEO Scott Wallace resigned in early 2008 as the group explored “new strategies and tactics and a different operating structure.” According to federal records, NAHIT took in $3.5 million in 2007, but had net liabilities of over $600,000. Scott Wallace was paid $679,000 that year.
NAHIT, along with HIMSS and AHIMA, found CCHIT in 2004. It also funded a controversial project to define five common healthcare technology acronyms, paying BearingPoint $500,000 for the job. The organization had begun calling itself “The Alliance” in 2005.
The HIMSS Web site refers to NAHIT as one of its sister associations, along with AHIMA, AMIA, CHIME, and eHI.