W. Holt Anderson recently retired as Executive Director of the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) where he had served for 19 of the organization’s 20 years. His numerous accomplishments at the helm of this Alliance, which was founded in 1994 by executive order of then Governor James Hunt, were celebrated at the 20th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 6, 2014 as part of the group’s Annual Conference at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.
“I have enjoyed working with Holt. His ability to bring organizations together in collaboration, is something that will be hard to duplicate,” said Terri Gonzalez, the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Director of Practice Improvement and a member of the NCHICA Board of Directors. Gonzalez said that when she walked the exhibit floor at the recent conference with Anderson, he was continually stopped by the scores of people he knew and were wishing him well.
Anderson, a Duke University graduate, raised the visibility of NCHICA and earned the organization national recognition. He served on various national councils, committees and governing bodies including the Coordinating Committee for eHealth Exchange [formerly known as the Nationwide Health Information Network, NHIN, or NwHIN Exchange), ONC’s National HIE Governance Forum, and the Board of Directors of the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC).
Anderson joined NCHICA in 1995 after 14 years with MCNC, a non-profit providing information technology to promote education and economic development, and 13 years at Wachovia Bank & Trust. He was a Governor’s appointee to the Southern Technology Council and the Southern Governors’ Association Task Force on Medical Technology. As NCHICA Executive Director, he was responsible for the overall operations and strategic implementation of NCHICA goals. The Alliance is a non-profit consortium of health care providers, payers, corporate partners, professional associations and government agencies charged with assisting its members accelerate the transformation of the US health care system through effective use of information technology, informatics and analytics.