Saving lives with a modern health system

In the event of an emergency, or if you need to see healthcare providers across different systems, your doctor should have all the information they need to give you the best care possible—but that doesn’t always happen.

It’s time to change that.

Creating a statewide Health Information Exchange network will allow doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers to immediately access a patient’s vital medical information electronically—a critical tool to improve community health and to respond to public health crises such as the one we face now.

Our multi-stakeholder coalition was created to deliver on the promise of connected health data across California—because we believe that the time is now to reinvent our system and deliver high-quality care for every Californian. True health equity and a system-wide transformation are our ultimate goals—and we’ll get there by putting patient, provider, and caregiver stories first.

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What patients and healthcare providers are saying

California voices: How would a health information exchange network impact you?

“Even though I am young and may look healthy, I have a serious preexisting condition—for which I have had to manage all my own complicated medical records. If I have a medical emergency and am unconscious, no one would know about my complicated history or how to get me back to health. All of this simply can’t be put on the patient.”

Anna R.
Patient Advocate

“Our doctors have to make split-second decisions for patients every day—and sometimes lives hang in the balance. Investing in an HIE will mean providers know critical information about allergies, pre existing conditions, and medications. It will save lives. Guaranteed.”

Dolores G.
Riverside County Medical Association

“Currently, providing care can be especially difficult in cases where there is a John Doe or unconscious person with only a driver’s license for reference. If data was available faster, it would streamline the process of trauma care and allow us to provide care faster.”

Eric R.

“When my daughter was six years old, she nearly lost her life due to a run-of-the-mill antibiotic she was prescribed—which was contraindicated to the disease she has. This mistake nearly cost her her life—and it would have been completely prevented if her doctor had easy access to her medical history. We have to do better than this.”

Kristen V.
Patient Advocate

Do you have a story to tell about running into barriers to high-quality care?

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The Latest from Twitter

To solve the problem, we need the data! Informative piece on how HIEs “are uniquely positioned and functionally equipped to securely collect, link and share race and ethnicity among health plans, providers and payers.”-Kevin McAvey #hie #CAhealthrecordsnow

On April 28, 2021, Cal-IHEA and @Connecting4H convened a panel of experts to discuss data sharing for health equity, highlighting the need for statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). @j_r_a_m @HectorR48771734
Read the brifing proceedings here:

Great conversation yesterday on #HIE, #interop, and #innovation, with our CEO @abnermason. Thank you @shrutiko, @megcalpav, @DanBrillo, Alpa Vyas/@StanfordHealth, and Timi Leslie/@Connecting4H!

On June 17th, @Connecting4H will be conducting a panel discussing social determinants of health through health information exchange and public health state influence in this! Register here:

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