[analysis] Can UC-Davis Change Pace of Health Information Exchange in California?
After multiple attempts to launch a health information exchange in California, the Institute for Population Health Improvement, part of the University of California-Davis Health System, is the latest organization to assume the task. It recently signed a 16-month, $17.5 million cooperative grant agreement with the California Health and Human Services Agency to facilitate the flow of information between physicians, hospitals and other providers.
Called the California Health eQuality program, or CHeQ, the latest HIE project follows close on the heels of Cal eConnect, a not-for-profit, public benefit corporation that served as the state-designated governance entity until it was effectively abandoned in August.
Cal eConnect’s predecessors were the California Regional Health Information Organization and the California eHealth Collaborative. All three organizations have left footprints in an effort to implement an HIE over the past eight years.
CHHS remains the grantee for the statewide HIE effort spurred by the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
“As a government agency, we do not have the bandwidth to oversee the programmatic aspects of HIE,” said Pamela Lane, California’s deputy secretary for health information exchange
California received a four-year grant for $38.8 million in 2010 from ONC to develop and recommend privacy and security policies for the California HIE. The $17.5 million, granted to UC-Davis, is what remains of the initial funding.
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