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Member-driven, NEHI represents organizations from across all healthcare sectors working to advance the adoption of health innovation in diagnostics, therapies, operations, and payment models.

Unbiased, non-profit, and analytic, NEHI explores and solves today's complex problems, leveraging innovations to address unmet needs and improve equitable access to health. 








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NEHI was Created


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Our Story

We started NEHI with collaboration in mind

NEHI was founded in 2002 as the New England Healthcare Institute by Henri Termeer (then CEO of Genzyme), Harris Berman (then CEO of Tufts Health Plan), Charlie Baker (then CEO Of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), along with other influential health care leaders to enable direct conversations between payers and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to identify, debate and seek solutions to common health care issues – and then create policy change.

Today, we maintain that mission, although we have expanded the dialogue to include constituents from across the health care system. We are committed to driving better health outcomes and value in health care through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. We have also increased our focus in three areas: healthcare value and payment innovations, equitable access to innovation, and expanding access to mental health care.

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Our Values

The core values behind everything we do

We commit to: the adoption of innovations that add value, a multi-stakeholder approach, and a responsive process for our members.

Our Board of Directors

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Mark Lutes

(Chair, Clerk)

Chair, Board of Directors / Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.


Sandhya Rao, MD

(Vice Chair)

Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


Jonathan J. Fleming


Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are we?

NEHI is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization composed of stakeholders from all key health and health care sectors. Our mission is to advance innovations that increase quality and value in health care by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration that addresses adoption and policy challenges.

What do we do?

NEHI consults with our broad membership, and conducts independent, objective research and convenings, to accelerate these innovations and bring about changes within health care and in public policy.

How are we unique?

We offer a unique forum for our members to confer across sectors and collaborate on solutions to some of the toughest issues in health and health care. We move ideas into action within the policy realm and the private sector.

When were we founded?

Founded in 2002 as New England Healthcare Institute, in 2014 we became NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation).

We were founded by:

  • Henri Termeer, former CEO, Genzyme
  • Harris Berman, former CEO, Tufts Health Plan
  • Joe Martin, MD, Ph.D., Lefler Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Sam Thier, MD, Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
  • Charlie Baker, former CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Fred Telling, Ph.D., former VP of Corporate Policy and Strategic Management, Pfizer

How are we funded?

NEHI is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that is dependent upon gifts and grants from corporations, foundations, members and individuals to support its work. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of tax laws.

Who are our partners?

Foundations, corporations, associations, and individual donors. Even if membership is not appropriate for your organization at this time, we can work with you to find project areas of mutual interest where you will benefit from sponsoring an event or program.