California Health IT Day – Improving Health Care through Technology


Today, May 15th, is California Health IT Day. As a proud healthcare technology company in California, Practice Fusion is celebrating by participating in a full day of events in Sacramento, California, sponsored by the Northern California Chapter of HIMSS, a non-profit dedicated to promoting a better understanding of health care information and management systems.

Health IT (HIT) has a special place in California because of the large number of leading healthcare organizations as well as being the technology hub of America.  The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which went into effect in early 2010, invested billions nationally for HIT, including up to $3 billion for California alone. A recent report by the California HealthCare Foundation indicated that over $710 million has been spent in California to date as a result of the HITECH Act, with the following breakdown of spending:

  • $575.3 million in EHR Incentives
  • $56.4 million spent on Regional Extension Centers
  • $38.8 million spent on Health Information Exchange
  • $15.3 million spent on California-based Beacon Communities
  • $14.1 million spent on telehealth
  • $10.6 million spent on workforce development

Clearly Californians take their health information technology very seriously, as do all Practice Fusion health care providers! Adopting and using an electronic health record (EHR) is one of the first steps that many health care providers take into the world of health IT. Over time there is an expected increase in the use of health IT through additional adoption of EHRs, health information exchange, mobile health, and other forms of health information technology. The increase in health IT in California, as well as other communities, helps contribute to improving care coordination, patient engagement, disease management and health care quality, and hopefully a healthier and happier population!

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  • Than Nguyen

    The healthcare industry is taking definite steps, through government and
    non-government initiatives, toward making health IT systems interoperable. And
    while the industry is moving at an impressive pace, there are still quite a few
    obstacles that need to be removed in order for a seamless digital ecosystem to
    really take root.

    Than Nguyen
    http://www.iointegration.com/solutions-for-your-industry