The Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has awarded the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) a grant of $2.75 million over two years to advance health information exchange statewide during a disaster and regionally in daily emergency medical services (EMS).  California is one of 12 states to receive support through the extension of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act funding.

The funds will be used to develop two health information technology projects over two years: 1) connectivity between existing health information organizations (HIOs) to support health care provider access to health records statewide during a disaster, and 2) technology and infrastructure to give EMS providers in the field access to send and receive critical patient information.  The grant will also fund an advisory committee consisting of public and private partners from HIE organizations, local EMS agencies, ambulance providers, hospitals and consumers as well as a robust education effort to ensure that the learning is shared.

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