California Center Awarded $15.6 Million In Stimulus Funds For Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

California Investment For Health Information Technology More than $122 Million

In line with Governor Schwarzenegger’s continued commitment to securing as much stimulus funding possible for California, Local Initiative Health Authority, a Los Angeles non-profit was awarded more than $15.6 million in Recovery Act funds. These funds will assist in developing a Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center. The investment will help grow the emerging health information technology industry, which is expected to support tens of thousands of jobs nationwide for nurses, pharmacy technicians, information technology technicians and trainers.

“Training Californians for health care jobs and the efficient and secure exchange of private medical information are fundamental to the future of health care delivery in our state,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I applaud the grant to Local Initiative Health Authority. This grant will help California build a world class system, promote and expand the way information is shared, protect medical privacy and ultimately help reduce health care costs.”

Local Initiative Health Authority for Los Angeles County operates L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest public health plan in the nation. It is now one of 60 non-profit organizations chosen to establish Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers across the United States.

“We are grateful to have these funds come to California where they will help grow the economy and help practitioners expand their safe and effective use of electronic health records,” said Jonah Frohlich, Deputy Secretary of Health Information Technology, California Health and Human Services Agency.

Within two years, the centers nationally will provide 100,000 primary care providers and hospitals with the opportunity to utilize a local resource for technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices. Regional Extension Centers are designed to address unique community requirements and to support and accelerate provider efforts to become meaningful users of electronic health records.

The Local Initiative Health Authority provides government-funded health insurance and related services to approximately 800,000 members in Los Angeles County. The organization, established in 1994, offers plans through Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, as well as Medicare Advantage Special Needs plan, which covers elderly and disabled people who also qualify for Medi-Cal.

The award is part of the $2 billion effort by the Recovery Act to achieve widespread meaningful use of health information technology and provide use of an electronic health record by every person by the year 2014.

In February, Governor Schwarzenegger announced more than $100 million in Recovery Act funds for health information technology, regional extension centers and job training for health care. On April 2, $5.4 million was awarded to the Los Rios Community College District, for a total investment of $122 million for health information technology across California.

California Health Information Exchange:
Award Amount:
California Health and Human Services Agency
Regional Extension Centers:
Northern California Regional Extension Center
Southern California Regional Extension Center
Local Initiative Health Authority
Job Training Awards for Healthcare:
Kern Community College District (KCCD)
Los Rios Community College District
Mt. San Antonio Community College District
San Diego State University Research Foundation
San Jose State University Research Foundation
San Bernardino Community College District
Youth Policy Institute
Spanish Speaking Unity Council

Governor Schwarzenegger created the California Recovery Task Force to track the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding coming into the state; work with President Barack Obama’s administration; help cities, counties, non-profits, and others access the available funding; ensure that the funding funneled through the state is spent efficiently and effectively; and maintain a Web site ( that is frequently and thoroughly updated for Californians to be able to track the stimulus dollars.

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