Hewlett-Packard Joins California Health Data Exchange Project
The California Regional Health Information Organization on Thursday announced that Hewlett-Packard will join other previously selected vendors in its effort to provide physicians, hospitals and patients in the state with access to secure electronic health records, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The $300 million project aims to allow up to 78,000 physicians and 400 hospitals to share health information, making it the largest health data exchange project in the country.
HP will use its technology resources to help create a framework to integrate existing EHR systems, according to HP officials. Financial terms of the deal were not released.
CalRHIO previously announced contracts with Medicity and Perot Systems to help build the RHIO and plans to form additional partnerships with other vendors, the Chronicle reports.
CalRHIO officials hope the data exchange will begin operating in July 2008, but full integration across California is expected to take seven years (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/4).