Inland Empire EHR Resource Center (IEEHRC)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will provide stimulus funding for physician offices and clinics to acquire and implement electronic medical record (EMR) systems. This technology will allow physicians and clinics to access patient information at the point-of-care. In addition, funding is granted for the development of  Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and Local Extension Centers (LECs), which will provide information and guidance to those physicians and clinics in selecting a certified EMR system.

In Riverside and San Bernardino counties, IEHP has been an active participant in the development of a LEC. IEHP has partnered with the  San Bernardino County Medical Society and the Riverside County Medical Association to form the Inland Empire EHR Resource Center (IEEHRC). This Local Extension Center will assist providers and clinics to select and implement EMR systems.

The mission of the IEEHRC is to help primary care providers adopt and use EMRs; and be a source for technical assistance and support for those already using EMR systems. The IEEHRC will receive funding from the California Health Information Partnership and Service Organization (CalHIPSO), a REC. IEHP also provided start-up funding for the structural creation of the IEEHRC and its initial operational activities. In October 2010, the IEEHRC officially received its 501 (c) 3 status—the first LEC in the nation to be granted such status.

Based on federal funding (to reimburse those providers who meet meaningful use) the IEEHRC strategy is to sign up 100 independent physicians and 300 physicians from large Group/IPA structures. To support these providers and groups, the IEEHRC offers several services: vendor selection, workflow design, meaningful use reporting, readiness and workflow assessment, and project planning. 

Another component of the ARRA, related to our activities, is the Health Information Exchange (HIE). IEHP is part of the Inland Empire HIE (IEHIE), a health information exchange initiative supported by 29 partner hospitals, physician groups, and other healthcare organizations. The exchange will be open to all Inland Empire providers and will actively seek to connect with other existing health information exchanges and technology systems.

IEHIE is a collaborative of Riverside and San Bernardino County hospitals, medical centers, medical groups, clinics, IPAs, physician practices, health plans, public health and other healthcare providers. IEHIE brings needed technology to access and securely share electronic patient health records for more than 4.4 million people living in the Inland Empire. It will give healthcare providers immediate access to the members electronic health records. IEHIE will allow doctors, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare providers to electronically review and access medical records, resulting in timely and improved quality of healthcare for patients in our community.

The development of health information technology (HIT) and the use of EMR systems will enhance access to patient information and health care decision making. This technology will reduce unnecessary tests, errors, and costs while increasing quality, safety, and efficiency. The partnerships IEHP develops with hospitals and other healthcare providers will be essential to implement HIT and improve patient-centered care in the Inland Empire.