A statewide health information exchange would strengthen public health

30 March 2021

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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