California will conduct three demonstration programs to assess the viability of health information exchanges, health information service providers and health information organizations in supporting personal health records.

The California Office of Health Information Integrity, which supports the state’s health information exchange initiatives, has awarded contracts to three organizations.

Patient connectivity software vendor Humetrix has received $116,887 to work with the San Diego Regional HIE to enable providers to send electronic health records to patients via the iBlueButton mobile app.

The University of California at San Diego, Department of Emergency Medicine, received $145,796 to test secure and bidirectional transmission of patient-owned PHRs created in Microsoft HealthVault via health information service providers. And the Santa Cruz Health Information Exchange will use $102,500 in grant funds to offer patients a PHR from vendor NoMoreClipboard.

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