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Held: February 26, 2009
This briefing discussed opportunities available to California through the federal economic stimulus package to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care in the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.