Expanding Health Information Exchange to Advance Health Equity in California

March 25, 2021

Cal-IHEA is partnering with BluePath Health and Connecting for Better Health Coalition on April 28th, 2021 to convene a panel of experts to discuss how data sharing can support efforts to promote health equity across California. Health Information Exchanges (HIE) facilitate data exchange to appropriately access and securely share patient information among health care providers and delivery systems. Expanding HIE infrastructure would advance health equity in California by improving care coordination, and including behavioral health and social service information in the data exchange would support these efforts. Discussion topics include the need for a statewide HIE network to address equity issues, real world examples of potential value of HIE during the pandemic, recommendations for improving CA race and ethnicity data reporting, the importance of building trust in order to make these data available, and a call to action for California stakeholders.

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Speakers include:

  • Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research, UC San Francisco 

  • Alice Hm Chen, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Covered California 

  • Rhonda Smith, MBA, Executive Director, California Black Health Network 

  • Moderator: Hector Rodriguez, PhD, MPH, Director, California Initiative for Health Equity and Action