CHA News Article

California Health eQuality Program Announces HIE Grants
Webinar will be held Feb. 4

The California Health eQuality (CHeQ) program, managed by the University of California, Davis, Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), has announced two new grant programs, one targeting rural providers and one supporting data analytics tools, to help develop health information exchange (HIE) in the state. Requests for proposals will be posted on the IPHI website, and proposals are due Feb. 28. On Feb. 4, CHeQ will hold an informational webinar on each program. Specific times and dial-in instructions will also be posted on the IPHI website.

According to CHeQ, the Rural HIE Incentive Program seeks to establish an ongoing mechanism and structure for rural medical communities to evaluate and contract with pre-selected HIE service providers. CHeQ has allocated up to $1 million for this program and anticipates making awards to as many as five HIE service providers to subsidize implementing HIE services for qualifying rural health care providers. CHeQ is also allocating $300,000 for up to two Innovation in Data Analytics awards for health information organizations and providers to implement tools to better manage shared patient populations served by three or more unaffiliated health care provider organizations or systems.