Background

Mission

To provide a secure patient centered approach to integrated health information and technology exchange and analyze data for public health needs, education and research.

Value Proposition 

CVCA’s value proposition is unique compared to the profit companies that assess the feasibility of HIE implementation and/or implement HIE and PHR systems. CVCA recognizes that technology is no longer the barrier to the effective implementation of health information technology. Rather, it is “culture” and fear that create the barriers to implementation. Our team, comprised of a practicing family physician, an innovative health and administrative systems analytical researcher, a former health informatics organization CEO and an accomplished HIE technology professional along with a team of administrative support professionals with decades of combined experience, have worked through these issues together, resulting in the successful implementation of EHRs, HIE, and PHRs in a rural region. Our different backgrounds and experiences come together in demonstrated synchrony in order to support the CEOs, CMOs, and CIOs in the implementation of technology within relatively new and unchartered territories.

Successes & Recognition

Successfully showcased alternative uses for NwHIN DIRECT technology standards for automated clinical alerts at the Cal eConnect-sponsored California Connects Showcase at the 2012 annual Redwood MedNET technology conference in Rhonert Park, California.

Invited to demonstrate the powerful combination of NwHIN Exchange Gateway and NwHIN DIRECT clinical messaging technology standards at the HIMSS 2012 ONC "Interoperability Showcase" in the California Section.

At HIMSS 2012, CVCA (as EKCITA at that time) and Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) of Indiana received ONC recognition for meeting the National Coordinator's challenge to establish an on-the-fly NwHIN standards-based connection and successfully transmit clinical data.  EKCITA and MIE were the first to complete the challenge, and one of only two successful teams to complete an exchange of data.

Invited to demonstrate NwHIN Exchange Gateway "Coordinating Care Across California" at HIMSS 2010

"One of the first, if not the first, operational HIEs west of the Mississippi River" according to the ONC in 2008

One of the first HIOs to receive 501(c)(3) determination by the IRS

The CVCA HIE team has been nationally recognized through invited presentations to CalRHIO, ONC, NIH, AHRQ, Cal eConnect, CHeQ and NRHA; and have had a peer-reviewed article published through the Journal of Health Information Management in April 2008 for our efforts. We have “in the trenches” experiences from concept to implementation. 

Partners

CVCA has formally partnered with California Department of Health Services, State Office of Rural Health (CalSORH) to deliver technical assistance and education regarding Health Information Technology.

CVCA is currently operating under a Cal eConnect, California's Public-Private State Designated HIE Entity, sponsored HIE Expansion Grant to bring HIE services to Stanislaus and Fresno Counties.  Funds for this grant were derived from the State of California's HIE stimulus funding from the US Federal Government.

CVCA is a member of the California Health eQuality (CHeQ), a UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) managed HIO, community of practice for HIEs and HIOs,  and has contributed to statewide efforts to  standardize California's immunization registries, regulate the Health Information Service Provider (HISP) marketplace and support EMR/HIE integration standards via Cal eConnect and CHeQ advisory initiatives.

CVCA maintains Browsersoft, Inc. as a core technology partner and utilizes their OpenHRE Engine and associated products as a baseline for its HIE suite of services.

CVCA has partnered with FMS Consulting since 2011 for HIE help desk, call center and administrative support