LOS ANGELES – L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan, announced today that the Board of Governors approved $529,000 to support five Los Angeles County community clinics’ Health Information Technology (HIT) projects. These grants are part of L.A. Care’s HIT Initiative, which is designed to help community clinics purchase and implement electronic health records (EHR) and interface technology, as well as help community clinics become meaningful users of EHR and qualify for federal HIT incentives. The HIT projects are expected to take up to 24 months to complete.
Grantees of L.A. Care’s HIT Initiative were selected through a competitive process and include:
L.A. Care seeks to use its HIT Initiative to supplement the funding opportunities provided to L.A. County healthcare providers through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA
funding will help defray the cost of purchasing an EHR system which can run up to $40,000 per provider, but it is not intended to cover the full cost. L.A. Care HIT funds will help with closing that funding gap.
The grantees will receive technical assistance services offered through HITEC-LA
, the exclusive, federally-designated Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center for Los Angeles County, charged with helping doctors and primary care providers implement and use EHR in a meaningful way. HITEC-LA
is a project of L.A. Care Health Plan.
“Implementing EHR systems is challenging for many community clinics because of barriers such as limited capital for upfront investment, staff time required for the implementation and needed organizational changes,” says Roland Palencia, Community Benefits Director of L.A. Care Health Plan. “L.A. Care’s HIT Initiative will help eliminate these barriers by providing funds to cover software, hardware, staff training, and work flow redesign.”
About L.A. Care
L.A. Care Health Plan (Local Initiative Health Authority of Los Angeles County) is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of programs including Medi-Cal
, Healthy Families
, L.A. Care’s Healthy Kids
, and L.A. Care Health Plan Medicare Advantage HMO
. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With over 800,000 members
, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest public health plan.
is the exclusive federally-designated Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) for Los Angeles County, charged with helping doctors and primary care providers, purchase, implement and use electronic health records in a meaningful way. HITEC-LA
will help providers assess their technology needs, as well as offering education, training, and on-site technical assistance. A project of L.A. Care Health Plan,HITEC-LA
is funded in large part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health Services. For more information, visit www.hitec-la.org