The State of California has named Cal eConnect, a new organization, as the governing entity to develop and support health information exchange services in the state.
The independent, not-for-profit organization with public and private board representation will receive a grant from, and be accountable to, the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Cal eConnect was formed when two rivals to be the governing entity--the California eHealth Collaborative and CalRHIO--were compelled by the agency to submit a joint proposal. Initial co-chairs of the organization are David Lansky, CEO at the Pacific Business Group on Health; and Don Crane, CEO at the California Association of Physician Groups. Twenty-two representatives of various industry stakeholders will be appointed to the board.
The governance entity is a major component of the state's HIE strategic plan, which is supported by a $38.75 million federal grant awarded last month from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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