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An Unprecedented Opportunity: Using Federal Stimulus Funds to Advance Health IT in California

February 2009

This issue brief examines how California can maximize the impact of the billions of dollars in federal funds made available by the 2009 economic stimulus bill, which offers unprecedented opportunities to speed health IT adoption in the state.

Practice Management Systems for Safety-Net Clinics and Small Group Offices: A Primer

February 2009

This report looks at the role that practice management systems can play in the operation and management of safety-net clinics and small physician offices in California.

Health Privacy Reports from the Center for Democracy and Technology

January 2009

The application of new tools for sharing medical data must keep in sight the personal privacy rights of patients. To help clarify issues of health privacy, CHCF cofunded a series of reports by the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Briefing — Electronic Prescribing Outlook for California

Held: January 23, 2009

This briefing discussed e-prescribing in California; its effects on efficiency, costs, and patient safety; and issues related to "eRx" adoption.

Tools for Clinics: Four Health Centers Use Chronic Disease Management Systems

December 2008

Chronic disease management systems (CDMSs) can track thousands of patients at a time and automate care follow-up processes. Four California clinics describe their experiences setting up and using these quality-improvement tools.

Achieving the Promise of Telehealth in California

December 2008

One proven way to bridge gaps in time, distance, and quality in health care is the application of telehealth. It's long been in use in demonstration projects across the state and around the globe. Now telehealth is ready for prime time in California.

Delivering Care Anytime, Anywhere: Telehealth Alters the Medical Ecosystem

November 2008

From remote patient monitoring to virtual house calls, telehealth is bringing high-quality medical care across great distances in an instant. This report looks at the challenges and forces that are influencing the widening use of telehealth.

Getting Connected: The Outlook for Electronic Prescribing in California

November 2008

This issue brief assesses the progress of electronic prescribing technology in California and examines how greater coordination between providers, health plans, and pharmacies could help overcome persistent barriers to adoption.

Right Here Right Now: Ten Telehealth Pioneers Make It Work

November 2008

Distance is no object for 10 innovators using practical telehealth applications to bring medical care, second opinions, medical education, and expert advice wherever it is needed — instantly.

Fostering Adoption of E-Prescribing in California

November 2008

E-prescribing holds the potential to improve medical care, save lives, and save money. Learn about CHCF initiatives to promote adoption of e-prescribing and a plan to systematically increase e-prescribing utilization.

Bridging the Care Gap: Using Web Technology for Patient Referrals

September 2008

This report describes eight software systems that allow health care providers to process patient referrals using web-based tools rather than the error-prone use of paper forms, telephone calls, and faxes. Four case studies are included.

Adoption of Patient Tracking Systems among Hospital Emergency Rooms in California

July 2008

This issue brief presents the results of a survey that finds that most California hospitals are using emergency department tracking systems, but with varying levels of satisfaction and success.

Telemedicine in California: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities

July 2008

This report examines the evolution of telemedicine in California and identifies the technological, financial, regulatory, and user-related hurdles that may be stifling further progress.

Helping Patients Plug In: Lessons in the Adoption of Online Consumer Tools

June 2008

Surveys suggest that three out of four patients want some sort of online connection with their medical providers. This report examines how patient-oriented HIT is evolving by looking at clinical settings in five regions, including California.

Enrollment Modernization: Changing the Culture, Organization, and Structure of Health Program Enrollment

May 2008

At a recent technology conference, CHCF Vice President of Programs Sam Karp delivered the keynote address on the major obstacles to enrollment modernization, the roles technology can and cannot play, and key lessons learned in California.

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