California REC taps CDW for EHR

By Jeff Rowe
08:42 AM

The California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO) recently finalized an agreement with CDW Healthcare for technology services and solutions in support of electronic health record (EHR) adoption in California.

Under the agreement, CDW Healthcare will work directly with physician practices throughout the entire EHR implementation process, from choosing the application to post-implementation training and support.

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One of 62 federally-designated Regional Extension Centers around the country, CalHIPSO provides REC services to all of California except Los Angeles and Orange County, and it is currently supporting more than 6,000 clinical provider members as they implement EHRs.

According to Bob Rossi, vice president of CDW Healthcare, "EHR implementation is a fundamental business transformation that incorporates an IT solution in addition to thorough training, workflow adjustment and management changes. CDW Healthcare, in partnership with CalHIPSO, is focused on making the technology the easiest and highest-value component of going digital."

As part of the agreement, CDW Healthcare will offer a broad array of supporting hardware and software through CalHIPSO. Beyond access to its product catalog, CDW Healthcare will also deliver comprehensive services, tailored EHR infrastructure bundles and other technology solutions to CalHIPSO members.

CalHIPSO is working with ten Local Extension Centers (LECs) to ensure the availability of local technical assistance, guidance, and information on best practices to support safety net providers in Northern and Southern California in the attainment of Stage 1 meaningful use of EHRs.

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CalHIPSO, which is primarily funded through HITECH funds, is responsible for a wide range of activities including enrolling providers for REC services; EHR vendor contracting; assisting with EHR selection and implementation; HIT (Health Information Technology) workforce development, supporting providers to achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use of EHRs and earn incentive payments; and providing education and training resources on HIT.

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