California Health eQuality (CHeQ) Current Awards
The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), operating under an Interagency Agreement with the California Health and Human Services Agency established in September 2012, awarded the following subcontracts for projects that will expand and enhance health information exchange (HIE) in California.
Rural HIE Incentive Program Awards:
The Rural HIE Incentive Program establishes an ongoing mechanism and structure through which rural medical communities may evaluate and contract with pre-selected HIE service providers. Selection of HIE service providers is an important first step initiating the Rural HIE Incentive Program. CHeQ is awarding contracts to five rural HIE service providers to subsidize implementation of HIE services for qualifying rural health care providers. Rural HIE service providers will offer directed exchange and/or longitudinal patient record services, and may optionally offer services enabling patient access to information. CHeQ has allocated up to $1,000,000 for the Rural HIE Incentive Program.
Designated Rural HIE Service Providers
Redwood MedNet – Will Ross
Orange County Partnership Regional HIO – Paul Budilo
Innovation in Data Analytics Awards
This program provides funding to HIOs and provider organizations to implement data analytics tools that will better manage shared patient populations served by three or more unaffiliated health care provider organizations or systems. These electronic tools will support health maintenance and disease prevention services and chronic disease management with emphasis given to projects that focus on a specific high-impact condition or sub-population of shared patients. This program supports emerging care delivery and value-based payment models such as Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations.
Immunization Gateway Service
The Institute for Population Health Improvement awarded on December 13th, 2012 a $417,011 contract to Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC), a population health informatics service company based in Tucson, Ariz. STC, in collaboration with CHeQ and the California Department of Public Health is developing an immunization “gateway” that allows health-care providers throughout most of California to electronically submit patient immunization records for routing to state regional immunization registries and ultimately will enable secure access by doctors, schools, day-care centers and parents who need the information. The web-based immunization gateway will increase the capacity for receiving patient immunization records from a large number of health-care providers and fulfill Stage 1 requirements for federal meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology. Scientific Technologies Corporation will provide planning, design, development, testing and implementation services on the gateway project, which is expected to launch in April 2013. For more information, visit the Scientific Technologies Corporation website at www.stchome.com.
Interface Implementation Awards
This program provides support for interface development between Health Information Exchange Organizations (HIOs), provider EHRs, and other systems. Awardees are:
- Dignity Health
- North Coast Health Information Network (NCHIN)
- Redwood MedNet
- Santa Cruz HIE
HIE Infrastructure Awards
Fund initiatives with high population impact or broad geographic scope that will enable HIE across unaffiliated organizations. Awardees are:
- Inland Empire HIE
- OCPRHIO (Orange County)
- Redwood MedNet
HIE Planning Awards
IPHI provides program management for CHHS Planning Grants to the following organizations:
- HIE San Joaquin
- Tulare Kings HIE
- The Children’s Partnership
For more information, see: http://www.ohii.ca.gov/calohi/eHealth/MakingHIEHappen/HIEPlanningAwards.aspx
Slated to end in November 2012, the programmatic aspects of the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Expansion Grant Program, begun by Cal eConnect, have transitioned to CHeQ; financial management of the awards will be the responsibility of the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Five grants totaling more than $3 million were awarded. More than 45% of California’s population resides in counties covered by this program.