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UC Davis Health System's Dr. Kenneth Kizer

Calif. looks to speed health data exchange

By Andis Robeznieks
Posted: September 26, 2012 - 11:45 am ET

A new program in California will use health information exchange technology to facilitate the flow of data between healthcare providers.

The California Health eQuality, or CHeQ, program, will be led by Dr. Kenneth Kizer, director of the UC Davis Health System's Institute for Population Health Improvement.

CHeQ, part of a 16-month, $17.5 million agreement with the California Health and Human Services Agency, aims to expand underserved communities' capacity to exchange and access immunization, laboratory tests and other healthcare information, according to a news release.

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"We want care-related information to flow safely and quickly between and among healthcare providers—no more printing, scanning and faxing laboratory and X-ray results," Kizer said in the release.

Kizer, the founding president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, was ranked No. 92 and No. 84, respectively on the Modern Healthcare's 2004 and 2005 lists of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

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