Empowering care with technology. I am David Ford, founder and CEO of CalHIPSO, a nonprofit organization that for 10 years has successfully empowered safety net providers with health information technology (HIT), such as electronic health records (“ EHR”) and health information exchanges (“HIE”).
Technology is making winners and losers overnight, healthcare industry is no exception.
The survival of small practices, community clinics and public or critical access hospitals is essential to the future of all Californians.
Collectively, Medi-Cal and MediCare represent half of all Californians.
We guide these providers to survive and thrive in the digital age.
At CalHIPSO we believe that technology should be a blessing not a curse for the doctor-patient relationship.
We believe Healthcare is all about “care”. We fight to keep the humanity in healthcare.
Before I founded CalHIPSO in 2009, I worked at the California Medical Association, where I learned about the massive compliance burdens faced by underfunded safety net providers. EHRs and other technologies can help lift that burden. But moving from paper to digital records is an enormous disruption to their practices, to the point of deterring the use of EHRs and HIEs. Health Care Reform depends on EHRs, therefore, the federal and state governments have made funding available to safety net providers. CalHIPSO is here to channel government funding to your practice, to ensure that you can maintain independence and ride the tech wave, not be left behind.
We have your best interests at heart. CalHIPSO is the ONLY health IT organization started by provider trade associations – The California Medical Association (CMA), The California Primary Care Association (CPCA), and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH). Our clients view us as their trusted advisors. We’re 100% dedicated to making sure that you get all needed services.
Thanks to the trust you placed in us, we’ve succeeded in helping 15,000 providers in the last 10 years in adopting EHR and achieving Meaningful Use, the “Stage One” of our mission. We gave them relief and confidence by guiding them through a difficult transition.
Now we are ready to move on to Stage Two: While EHR adoption is important, it is not an end in itself. It is merely a tool for capturing data. Once providers have that data, they are ready to take the next steps: exchanging health information and getting ready for payment reform.
1st Goal of Stage Two: Helping providers exchange clinical data
Starting in the Summer of 2019, CalHIPSO will play a central role in the California HIE Onboarding Program (Cal-HOP). This new program will bring $50 million to help providers join health information exchanges. https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/provgovpart/Pages/Cal-HOP.aspx
2nd Goal of Stage Two: Preparing safety net providers for Payment Reform:
Both government and private payers are moving to value-based reimbursement models. CalHIPSO is working to bring new population health tools and partnerships that will help providers engage in new payment models, such as patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations (https://www.cms.gov/medicare/medicare-fee-for-service-payment/aco/).
CalHIPSO’s work is founded on these 5 pillars:
1) CalHIPSO is a non profit organization, connecting government funding to safety net providers.
2) We bring extensive policy expertise to help you keep up with ever-changing requirements.
3) 10 years of knowhow for project management SPECIFIC to community clinics and individual providers.
4) We provide technical assistance, either in-house or using our extensive network of partners and subject matter experts.
5) partnership with larger resources: Partnership is our middle name: We are part of a larger ecosystem of health IT & corporations. We’re small and nimble, yet we can do bigger things by accessing larger partners’ systems and processes that are otherwise not available to safety net providers.
It is our mission to leave no health care provider behind in the Digital Age. we are the catalysts to empower you with technology to uphold humanity in healthcare.
Please call: (916) 756-3475, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website:www.CalHIPSO.org.