Disrupting the health care status quo takes courage.
Recently, Assemblymember Jim Wood, who chairs the Health Committee, stood up boldly for a statewide infrastructure for sharing health data to strengthen public health, improve equity, transform Medi-Cal, and improve the quality and affordability of health services.
In the hearing, Wood stated firmly his support for a health information exchange: “Further study or an approach protecting one’s business interest is of absolutely no concern to me. Our priorities are about how to provide better patient care in a more coordinated way as well as obtaining greater population health data.”
He reaffirmed that position in a tweet the next day: “I know that building a workable #HIE will likely be disruptive to the status quo but I want to best serve the state and Californians.”
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