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Statewide Health Information Exchange System to Launch in 23 Orange County Emergency Departments
Date:2/18/2009

Collaboration Between CalRHIO and OCPRHIO Demonstrates How Health Information Exchange Can Progress in California and Meet President Obama's Goals

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A statewide system to provide physicians with secure electronic access to critical patient information is set to launch in 23 Orange County emergency departments. The health information exchange initiative (HIE) is a collaboration between the statewide California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO) and the Orange County Partnership Regional Health Information Organization (OCPRHIO). Initially it will provide emergency department physicians with medical record information on 360,000 patients enrolled in CalOptima, which provides coverage for people in Medi-Cal, Medicare, and Healthy Kids. The system is slated to go live by July 2009. Health information exchange (HIE) is a major piece of the Obama Administration's stimulus package.

"This initiative is the first step in making comprehensive information available electronically for all Californians," said Molly Coye, MD, MPH, CalRHIO Board Chair. "It demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved when state-level and local efforts work together. The Orange County community, in supporting OCPRHIO, is leading the way. Together we will improve patient care and safety, and expedite the timeline for electronic exchange of health information."

"Our hospitals and physicians continue to demand electronic access to health information that this collaboration makes possible," said Nova Stewart, OCPRHIO Chair and Chief Information Officer of Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. "Having medical record information available is especially critical in an emergency when seconds count and a patient may not be able to tell the physician the vital facts about his or her health, such as medications or a chronic condition."

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