California's largest purchaser of health insurance buys into statewide HIE

Nancy Ferris reports on Government Health IT:

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) has directed its health plans, which cover more than 1.2 million people, to participate in the statewide health information exchange that is under development.

The decision is a shot in the arm for the California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO), which has begun developing a service that will let emergency department doctors obtain at least partial medical records for new patients.


CalPERS, the nation’s third-largest purchaser of health benefits (after the federal government and General Motors), provides health care for state employees, retirees and their dependents. Its health plans are Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente.

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