California

Team Description

Interoperable health information exchange is fundamental in transforming our health system to address the critical issues of consumer involvement, cost, quality, and access.  This initiative is important to our organizations and the organizations represented on our Steering Committee and by our stakeholders on multiple levels.

CalOHI and CalRHIO (the California Team) believe HISPC creates a forum for harmonizing privacy and security solutions within the National Health Information Network (NHIN). We believe an appropriate forum is necessary for engaging stakeholders to identify variations and adoptable solutions to privacy/security policies and practices, to enable the interoperability of health information exchange.

California has a major stake in the outcome of this process, given the importance of the privacy and security of health information in the State, and the volume of State law on health information privacy. In addition, California's stake is underscored by the fact it is such a large provider and purchaser of health care services, and encompasses a large number of health information systems. We are committed to working with our stakeholder organizations to address the systemic variations and gaps in our privacy and security policies and to help our health care industry prepare for health information exchange.

How to get involved

The California Team anticipates having several different methods by which a stakeholder may be involved with our project.  We have begun developing a list of stakeholders that will represent the different categories of entities in the medical industry from the various geographical areas of California.  We intend to hold conferences in different locations in California to obtain input and verification about the business practices that may be barriers to the interoperability of electronic health records and the best practices we have identified.  If an entity or individual is unable to attend the conference we intend to have telephone conferencing available so they may listen to the activities.  In addition, we will make our draft reports available to stakeholders.

If you believe that you represent are a health care provider, health plan, patient, or patient or privacy advocate, and are interested in participating in this project, please provide your contact and affiliation information to ohi.comments@ohi.ca.gov

Milestones

October 2006 Interim Assessment of Variation
Oct/Nov 2006 Regional Meetings
November 2006 Interim Analysis of Solutions
December 2006 Interim Implementation Plan
March 2007 Final Assessment and Analysis of Solutions
March 2007 Final Implementation Plans
March 2007 National Meeting
April 2007 Nationwide Summary

Links to relevant web pages

State of California Office of Health Information Integrity Logo
State of California Office of Health Information Integrity
www.ohi.ca.gov

We will be posting updates about the HISPC project on these websites to keep the public informed about our progress.