Three HHS contractors that last week released their prototypes of a national health information network are among eight outfits submitting proposals to build and finance a statewide health information exchange in California.
The three are Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp. and IBM, which is partnering with Axolotl, according to the California Regional Health Information Organization, or CalRHIO, a not-for-profit corporation based in San Francisco and founded in early 2006 to promote health information data exchange.
All three joined Northrop Grumman Corp. in demonstrating their wares last week before the American Health Information Community, a federal advisory panel on healthcare information technology formed and co-chaired by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt.
Other firms responding to the CalRHIO request for proposals are Covisint, McKesson Corp., Medicity, Sun Microsystems and Wellogic.
A selection is to be announced by mid-March, according to CalRHIO.
In a news statement, Don Holmquest, president and CEO of CalRHIO, said, "We specifically required that potential partners have relevant experience and working products to offer, as well as coherent and detailed plans for how to finance and sustain the project."
Holmquest said, "By 2014, we want to make it possible for any authorized healthcare provider in California to be able to securely access patient information, regardless of where healthcare services are delivered. The partner we choose will help us build a utilitylike infrastructure that moves healthcare information efficiently and at a cost that is a small fraction of the money that such a system can generate in savings."