SOURCE: California Department of Health & Human Services

California Department of Health & Human Services

May 03, 2013 17:43 ET

Sacramento Summit Focuses on Role of Health Information Exchange in Transforming California's Healthcare Environment

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - May 3, 2013) - California health information leaders will gather in Sacramento on May 8-9 to discuss the latest initiatives for advancing health information exchange (HIE) across the state to support critically needed transformation of California's healthcare environment ( The program will engage Summit participants on critical steps necessary to continued expansion of statewide HIE.

California speakers include:

  • Pamela Lane, Deputy Secretary Health Information Exchange, California Health and Human Services Agency
  • Diana S. Dooley, Secretary, Health and Human Services Agency, Chair of Let's Get Healthy California Task Force
  • Patricia E. Powers, Director, Let's Get Healthy CA Task Force
  • Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, Director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement and the California Health eQuality (CHeQ) program, UC Davis Health System

National guest speakers include:

  • Peggy O'Kane, President and CEO, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), speaking on "Achieving Breakthrough Transformation in the HealthCare System."
  • Regina Holliday, activist, artist, speaker, author, and creator of "The Walking Gallery," speaking on "Creating a Patient Voice in HIE."
  • Pam Matthews, HIMSS Senior Director, Regional Affairs, speaking on "Perspectives on HIE Innovations from HIMSS."

"We are in a race to put into place as many essential technical and policy elements as possible to assure the ongoing transformation of health care through HIE," said Pamela (Pam) Lane, Deputy Secretary, Health Information Exchange, California Department of Health & Human Services. "Adoption of electronic health records and the ability to securely share this information among all providers is necessary for meeting the state's healthcare reform goals and to help curtail the high costs associated with a paper-based healthcare system."

According to Lane, the promise of HIE lies in its ability to help providers make informed, evidence-based decisions: "HIE puts the right information in the right hands -- when and where it is needed."

The Summit will include important news about initiatives pertaining to the statewide immunization registry, rural HIE, and a statewide initiative to enable California health systems to more easily connect with local, California HIEs. There will also be "talk-back" sessions on:

  • The Reality of Meaningful Use
  • Trust: An Essential Element of HIE
  • Federal "PIN" requirements
  • Aligning HIT and HIE Transformation Efforts

Complete Summit details are available at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Daniel Danzig