The California Health Care Foundation reported in its iHealthBeat publication today that Rhode Island’s Department of Health has awarded a three-year, $1.7 million contract to EDS to design, implement and manage the country’s first statewide electronic health record network.  The health data exchange is expected to go live in summer 2008.  The Rhode Island HIE will consolidate

A three-year, $1.5 million federal grant is helping Kern County, California to begin building the infrastructure necessary for an electronic health record system, reports the Antelope Valley Press.
The Tehachapi Valley Health Care District, which operates rural health clinics in Mojave, California City and Tehachapi, in addition to Tehachapi Hospital, has created and designated the "East Kern County Integrated Technology Association" to be the hub for the EHR database. The EHR Exchange will be accessible to physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers. The system will also allow patients to access their personal health records (PHR) through a secure Web site called They will also be able to print out a wallet-sized card with their data to keep handy in case of emergency.

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