FHCN receives check presentation from CalHIPSO and
Gold Coast Local Extension Center 

From left to right, Speranza Avram (CalHIPSO), John Zapalac, (FHCN Board Chair), Dr. Steven L. Palmer (FHCN), Jay S. Kelley (FHCN), Harry L. Foster(FHCN), Jim Coburn (Gold Coast)

Visalia, CA – May 31, 2012 – The Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) is one of the first California clinic networks to receive EHR incentive payments. This first payment to FHCN totals more than $500,000 for completing the first steps toward achieving federally-mandated “meaningful use” of electronic health records.

“These incentive payments are recognition that they have completed the Adopt, Upgrade or Implementation (AIU) process (demonstrated that they have adopted: acquired purchased or secured access to; implemented: installed or commenced utilization of, or upgraded to certified EHR technology in order to qualify for an incentive payment),” said Speranza Avram, CEO of CalHIPSO, “This is no small accomplishment.”

Ultimately, the goal is to establish full “Meaningful Use” which means using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity for improved healthcare. FHCN will be assisted through the process to Meaningful Use by Gold Coast HIT, one of CalHIPSO’s 10 Local Extension Centers. 

FHCN has been recognized by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as a leader in EHR implementation in a case study of their transition from paper to electronic health records. Their story is a significant model of success for other Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) who are considering or in the process of implementing an EHR.

FHCN is designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) which allows the health system to qualify for federal grant funding to provide care to underserved populations under the Public Health Service Act.

Read their case study on the HealthIT.gov website here 

“I congratulate the continuing great work of our staff at Family HealthCare Network and I want to thank CalHIPSO for their continuing support.”
– Harry Foster, President and CEO of Family HealthCare Network