Group Makes Health IT Spending Recommendations
The California HealthCare Foundation on Thursday plans to present recommendations on how to spend $240 million allocated by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to support the adoption of IT strategies, Modern Healthcare reports (Benko, Modern Healthcare, 10/11).
Schwarzenegger in July signed an executive order earmarking $200 million for state health, transportation and housing agencies and an additional $40 million for rural health care IT, eWeek reports.
CHCF recommends that the funding be used to:
- Ensure secure access to health information;
- Improve rural health capabilities;
- Provide health IT training;
- Develop a statewide emergency health IT infrastructure;
- Implement health IT standards; and
- Create sustainable public and private funding.
CHCF will present its recommendation at the eHealth Action Forum, which Schwarzenegger created through an executive order to help develop a state health IT policy agenda (Modern Healthcare, 10/11). A plan on how to use the funding based on recommendations at the eHealth Action Forum will be released in mid-December, according to Schwarzenegger (eWeek, 10/10). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.