NEHI is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization composed of stakeholders from across all key sectors of health and health care. Its mission is to advance innovations that improve health, enhance the quality of health care, and achieve greater value for the money spent. NEHI consults with its broad membership, and conducts independent, objective research and convenings, to accelerate these innovations and bring about changes within health care and in public policy.
NEHI has had important impact on health care and health policy at the national, state, and local level, as follows:
NEHI counts nearly 60 premier health care organizations as its members, including patient groups, health plans, providers, employers, universities, hospitals, business organizations, and the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
The diverse roster includes Health Information Systems, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), American Cancer Society, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Cedars-Sinai Health System, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, and PhRMA.
NEHI was founded in 2002 as the New England Healthcare Institute. In 2011, we adopted our acronym NEHI as the official name and then, in 2014, we expanded the name to NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) to reflect our national identity.
The founders of NEHI were a group of influential health care leaders whose goal was to create a forum where leaders from all health care sectors could identify, debate and seek solutions to common health care issues – and then create policy change.
The catalysts for this enterprise were Henri Termeer (then CEO of Genzyme), Joseph B. Martin, MD, PhD (then Dean of Harvard Medical School), Sam Thier, MD (then CEO of Partners HealthCare), Fred Telling, PhD (then VP of Pfizer), and Charlie Baker (then CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care).