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Friday Buzz: Going Out With a Bang

By / Dec 19, 2014 Can you name all the celebs in this screenshot? (Comedy Central)

The final episode of The Colbert Report wows with a never-ending list of celebrities. Also: A new association for health information exchanges launches.

Stephen Colbert finally put his namesake character and show out to pasture last night, and he did it with the help of a shocking number of friends.

Nine years in, the The Colbert Report ended its run with a singalong of “We’ll Meet Again,” complete with dozens of celebrities wildly varying in fame, popularity, and notoriety. This was a stage where Willie Nelson and Andrew Sullivan were standing five feet away from one another. The departure of Colbert was something that two notably strong political personalities—Keith Olbermann and Grover Norquist—could agree on. Senators (Cory Booker and Claire McCaskill), Muppets (Big Bird and Cookie Monster), billionaires (Mark Cuban), legendary rock stars (Cyndi Lauper and Michael Stipe), and even a former president (Bill Clinton) got a moment in. And that’s only scratching the surface when it comes to this list.

Colbert will be back soon enough—he’s going to be on CBS, hosting The Late Show starting sometime next year. But with 1,447 episodes of the show that made him famous at his back, it only makes sense to go out big.

Events should be the same way—especially when it’s an end-of-the-road moment like someone making a big exit. People will be talking about The Colbert Report‘s final episode for weeks on end. Don’t you want to create a big moment like that for your own organization?

New Association of the Day

Earlier this week, a coalition of health information exchanges launched a new national group meant to help boost the industry’s advocacy prowess and messaging efforts.

The group, the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), will bring together the efforts of 20 such exchanges throughout the U.S. The exchanges, which help enable secure sharing of vital medical data between facilities, are a relatively new phenomenon, and the coalition will help make it easier for the regional exchanges to work with one another.

“One of the things that we need to be able to do is create joint ventures so that multiple HIEs can come together to do business with national and regional organizations,” Quality Health Network Executive Director Dick Thompson told Modern Healthcare. The Colorado-based Quality Health Network is one of the coalition’s founding members.

SHIEC will appoint an executive director next month.

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Ernie Smith

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