The California Regional Health Information Organization will receive $1 million to build an electronic medical records system in the state, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said Tuesday.
CalRHIO is a statewide not-for-profit organization that aims to improve healthcare by using information technology.
The grant comes from Sutter Health, which is required to give $8.5 million to small and rural health networks outside Sutter's own system as part of a financing deal the Sacramento, Calif.-based health system reached with the California Health Facilities Financing Authority in March. The $1 million grant is the first payment of that required donation.
"This grant will help CalRHIO accomplish its critically important job of creating a statewide health information exchange utility service," Don Holmquest, CalRHIO's chief executive officer said in a news release. "CalRHIO is working to ensure that patients being seen anywhere in the state, regardless of where healthcare services are delivered, will have the most complete information possible available to their care provider. This is especially important for patient with chronic diseases and in an emergency."
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