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In California, a land renowned for upheaval, the ground has shifted once again under federal and state efforts to promote health information exchange.
The California Health and Human Services Agency is switching contractors for implementation of the exchange programs, according to a CHHS news release (PDF). The agency is the recipient of nearly $38.8 million in federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to promote statewide health information exchanges.
Taking over is the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the University of California-Davis.
The previous contractor running the California HIE program was Cal eConnect. According to a five-page question-and-answer section (PDF) on the Cal eConnect website, the state's move to switch partners was precipitated by a Cal eConnect board decision to terminate its grant agreement with the state.
"The Cal eConnect Board determined that as a start-up with a large board, it was not able to move fast enough to implement approved programs," the Q&A statement said. "It recommended that in the best interest of the state an organization with more experience be available to continue implementation of HIE programs."