Visalia health network recieves $573K for electronic records

Family Health Care Network operates 12 clincis throughout Tulare and Kings countiesFamily Health Care Network operates 12 clincis throughout Tulare and Kings countiesThe Family Health Care Network of Visalia received $573,750 from a program to help physicians and clinics implement electronic health records in their practices.

The funds come from California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO), a federally designed organization to help California doctors begin using digital format electronic health record technology.

More than $7 million is being given to California physicians who have begun developing federally-mandated electronic medical record systems, with the Family Health Care Network among the first to receive a payment in May.

CalHIPSO will distribute more than $65 million to other health care providers in the months ahead to recognize those who completed an Adopt, Upgrade and Implementation (AIU) process of switching over to an electronic system.

The Family Health Care Network, which operates 12 health clinics throughout Tulare and Kings counties, made the switch from paper records to its MED3000 InteGreat Electronic Health Record System in March 2010.

According to CalHIPSO, more than 7,700 health care providers statewide are in various stages of progress on implementing electronic health record systems in order to ensure security of patient data, improve patient care and customer service and easily share medical history and treatment information among doctors.