California REC signs up more than 7,700 in EHR program

May 9, 2012 in Medical Technology

OAKLAND, CA – In a little more than two years, the California Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO), has developed the infrastructure needed to help thousands of providers throughout California implement electronic health records.

CalHIPSO, the largest of 62 federally designated regional extension centers across the country, announced this and other milestones in its biennial report, “The First Two Years: 2010-2011.”

[See also: California hospital connects with community docs]

“Our first two years have been extremely challenging and successful,” says CalHIPSO CEO Speranza Avram. “We’re well on our way to helping thousands of providers in California transition their practices from paper-based medical records to electronic systems and in the process improving both the efficiency and quality of primary care.”

The REC serves 56 of California’s 58 counties.

Major milestones include:

  • EHR implementation is well under way, with more than 7,700 providers in various stages of progress. Of these, about 2,800 have some EHR use capability, and 210 providers have fully implemented an EHR, having demonstrated Stage 1 meaningful use.
  • More than $65 million in federal stimulus funding has been earned by CalHIPSO members through the Medi-Cal and Medicare EHR incentive programs.
  • A second round of EHR vendor selection has been initiated, building on an initial group of seven vendor partners. Expansion reflects the immense growth in EHR adoption over the last two years, and provides more options for providers.
  • The organization has launched a technical services unit for clients. The unit will provide professional, executive-level advice and support related to practice preparedness for EHR adoption and HIT readiness.
  • The deployment of a data analytics platform has begun.The initial pilot will test functionality, scalability and value, while also identifying limitations and challenges. Widespread deployment of the project is expected by 2013.

[See also: HHS awards $20M in new funds to support EHR adoption]


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