Public Health Foundation Enterprises Receives United Health Grant to Fund Health-e-LA Health Information Exchange in Los Angeles

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PHFE partners with Los Angeles Department of Health Services and the LA Community Clinic Association to develop first Health Information Exchange in LA County.

Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc. (PHFE) on behalf of Health-e-LA, a community collaboration of healthcare providers, has received a grant of $1,304,943 to improve coordination and delivery of health related services for vulnerable populations throughout Los Angeles County via the Los Angeles County Health Information Exchange Safety Net Project. Working in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and the Community Clinic Association this project represents a county wide collaboration that promises to have far reaching implications for improved healthcare in the county. The grant was included among other grants totaling $25 million made by UnitedHealth Group and PacifiCare designed to improve health care service delivery across California.

The HIE Safety Net Project will link clinical information from community clinics serving some of the most vulnerable populations in Los Angeles County to the LA County Department of Health Services (LACDHS) Encounter Summary Sheet (ESS). The ESS is a patient summary report which combines clinical and administrative data from all the county facilities making it accessible via the web. The ESS tool is one example of the ongoing commitment Los Angeles County DHS has for innovation and improved care within the county. This commitment has provided the foundation for this expanded initiative. Specifically, the HIE Safety Net Project will allow community-based care-givers to access diagnostic information, frequency of visits, procedures performed, past and future appointments, labs and in some cases a history of dispensed medications for patients that are seen in multiple locations. When completed the project will be the first county-wide health information exchange, (HIE).

This HIE will allow timely and crucial medical information and data to flow between LACDHS and the community clinics in a protected and secure environment, strengthening Los Angeles County's Safety Net System towards assuring that quality health services are provided to the medically underserved in a comprehensive and efficient manner.

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