CHA News Article

EMSA Announces Grant for Health Information Exchange in EMS

The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has received a grant from the California Office of Health Information Integrity (CALOHII) to prepare emergency medical services (EMS) as part of the effort to implement health information exchange. The grant objectives include assessment of EMS systems for HIE readiness and identification of gaps; funding for several demonstration projects; and convening an EMS summit of multiple diverse stakeholders to develop a vision for the future of health information exchange in EMS. Contra Costa, Inland Counties and Monterey County EMS agencies will serve as demonstration sites. Areas of focus include the conversion to National EMS Information System 3 data systems, electronic patient care records and transmission of data to hospitals. The summit is scheduled for November 19-20, and hospitals are strongly encouraged to participate.