ELINCS: The National Lab Data Standard for Electronic Health Records
The EHR-Lab Interoperability and Connectivity Specification (ELINCS) standardizes the formatting and coding of electronic messages exchanged between clinical laboratories and ambulatory EHRs. Adopting clinical data standards such as ELINCS helps health care providers deliver the right care by making information available at the right time.
Health Information Technology in California: Milestones and Miles to Go
On the road to health IT adoption and use, California physicians, hospitals, and community health centers have made progress since 2005. Also, read consumer perspectives on the topic.
Rights and Requirements: A Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information in California
Center for Democracy & Technology
Expanding Health Coverage
Protecting patients' personal health information is key. This report describes the matrix of federal and California laws that protect their information and address any breaches.
2013 Edition — Long-Term Care in California
Leslie Ross, Edwina Newsom, Charlene Harrington
The number of elderly residents in California is expected to balloon in the next 30 years. Will the long-term care system be able to care for the state's aging population? This report describes the state's supply and use of long-term care services, including Medicare and Medicaid spending on services, and quality of care.
2013 Edition — Mental Health Care in California
Wendy Holt, Neal Adams
Many Californians with mental illness don't get the treatment they need. This Almanac report, Mental Health in California: Painting a Picture, focuses on prevalence, care delivery, and cost.
Online portals allow patients to interact with their health information and communicate with providers outside the traditional office visit. Such systems offer powerful benefits, but integrating a portal into a clinical practice is not easy. CHCF worked with early adopters to capture key lessons learned, as well as tools and resources to help guide other safety-net clinics considering their own patient portals.