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CalRHIO Selects RAND-USC to Evaluate Savings Resulting from Use of Statewide Health Information Exchange
Date:6/29/2009

California emergency departments first sites for savings measurement

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CalRHIO announced today that it has selected the RAND Corporation and the University of Southern California to measure savings resulting from physicians having secure electronic access to critical patient information through CalRHIO's statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). The first phase of the initiative will measure savings in emergency departments.

"CalRHIO's goal is to improve patient safety and reduce costly avoidable or duplicate services by making it possible for physicians to electronically access patients' medical information when and where they need it for care decisions - in the hospital, clinic, physician office, nursing home, or other location," said Molly Coye, MD, MPH, CalRHIO Board Chair.

"Studies to date on savings from electronic health information exchange are encouraging, but limited. We are delighted to partner with RAND and USC to expand the base of knowledge, not only for CalRHIO, but for national, state, and local policymakers. The experience and reputations of the RAND-USC researchers lend an enormous amount of credibility to this pioneering effort."

CalRHIO, California's statewide health information exchange initiative, selected RAND-USC following a competitive RFP process that involved review by national HIE experts.

The RAND-USC team's approach draws on models and methods developed by both organizations -- RAND as part of its ongoing national study of health IT, and USC as part of its ongoing study of the operations and economics of hospital-based emergency departments in California.

"The CalRHIO HIE is on the forefront of national efforts to use information technology to improve both the quality and efficiency with which care is delivered
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