Introduction

HLN is actively and continuously engaged with the healthcare community on a local, regional, and national level. In that respect, development and dissemination of new knowledge is at the core of our practice. Our staff members speak frequently at national conferences, including the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting, National Immunization Conference (NIC), American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) Annual Meetings (and formerly the Immunization Registry Conference, or IRC), and many other national and regional events. We attend relevant industry meetings, sometimes with our clients, to stay up-to-date on important technical and health policy developments.

Academic Heritage

HLN’s academic heritage lies in a major research university. HLN’s President and founder, Dr. Noam H. Arzt, was co-director of the University’s networking department during the time that the Internet was formed. Dr. Arzt and several of his staff, who were fellow graduates of the University, left the University to form HLN Consulting, LLC in 1997. Out of that academic heritage came HLN’s dedication to learning and continuous improvement, paired with a strong commitment to delivering effective solutions. This continues to be a core characteristic of HLN to this day and is a major reason why HLN and public health agencies have been so effective in our partnerships to deliver successful solutions for the benefit of public health staff and the communities that we serve together.

National Activities

We are active in national health information technology standards efforts through our past and current participation in the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC), S&I Framework Initiative, various HIMSS work groups and task forces, and HL7. We also contribute to the community by writing articles and white papers that both summarize project findings and best practice, and conceptualize emerging issues.