Wednesday, May 23, 2012

IPHI to Implement HIE Program

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) announced that the Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) operating as part of the UC Davis Health System, will now implement the states HIE program. CHHS will work in partnership with Cal eConnect to transition HIE programs to IPHI while the state remains the grantor.

Cal eConnect Board determined that as a start-up with a large board, they were not able to move fast enough to implement approved programs. It was recommended that in the best interest of the state, an organization with more experience should continue to implement the HIE programs.

The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, CHHS and the Cal eConnect Board all support the transition to IPHI as IPHI brings experience in implementing programs and managing complex federal and state grants.

The programs will be under the direction of Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H., who heads IPHI and has a long history of public and private experience in the areas of health information exchange and technology.

IPHI will focus on populations large and small. These populations may be defined by governmental jurisdiction, geography, race, ethnicity, age, occupation, health condition, or other characteristics. IPHI will pay particular attention to the populations of inland northern California and to California in general but also pay attention to the larger global community.

Specifically, IPHI will:

·        Provide leadership in the science of health improvement
·        Develop and disseminate actionable intelligence to improve health and clinical effectiveness
·        Communicate knowledge that will inform policy, improve health equity, and eliminate health disparities
·        Provide for health leadership
·        Help healthcare providers understand and recognize psychosocial and environmental causes of health conditions

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