CalOHII is committed to supporting secure health information movement in California.

The California Office of Health Information Integrity's (CalOHII) focus is to advance the secure movement of electronic health information, while ensuring that the data is protected and exchanged under strict medical privacy and confidentiality standards.  

CalOHII Director, Pamela Lane, explains how CalOHII's work continues to support better health and outcomes in California:

"CalOHII's work is making confidential health information available when and where it's needed. For the past four years, the focus has been on the grant project to move patient information securely to providers, payers, and patients themselves. Now we'll work on expanding those 'lessons learned' to coordinate data exchange among State departments that manage patient information."

This website is organized for the ease of the user — tools and resources under each tab were chosen to meet the needs of a specific stakeholder audience.  These resources include documents, useful links, references, and videos.

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News & Publications  

06/02/2014 The latest issue of the HIPAA In Focus Newsletter was posted on the CalOHII website. CalOHII publishes the HIPAA In Focus Newsletter to provide guidance and resources to HIPAA-impacted State Departments. To view the current content or any past editions, please see HIPAA In Focus Newsletters

May 14, 2014, 11:35 am / Health IT Buzz The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) began to assess opportunities in California and the Gulf Coast to use health information exchange to support disaster preparedness and emergency medical service (EMS) response.  Along with stakeholders in California and the Gulf Coast (including Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas), they completed a report that recommends two scenarios that could be implemented and eventually used to improve how states and communities respond to a disaster:  Read more…

05/07/2014 by Healthcare Update News  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights issued a press release announcing that two health care organizations agreed to resolve charges that they potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") privacy and security rules by failing to secure thousands of patients' electronic protected health information on their network.   Read More..

04/08/2014 by At the April 8 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee National Coordinator for Health IT, Karen DeSalvo talked about ONC's priorities, moving beyond Meaningful Use; in particular, she laid out plans for transitioning the agency's current workgroups into newer, "less siloed" workgroups. Read more...

04/08/2014 by L.A. Care Health Plan has been awarded a one year no cost extension from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The extension is through April 2015.The goal is to help 3,000 eligible primary care providers in L.A. County reach meaningful use and qualify for federal EHR incentives.  To date, more than $55 million has been paid out to L.A. County providers. Read more.. 

04/02/2014 by FierceHealthIT. ICD-10 delayed into law.

02/10/2014 by eHeatlh
“The Legacy of California’s State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program” summarizes significant changes and improvements resulting from the HITECH Cooperative Agreement that will have lasting impact on California’s healthcare landscape. The multimedia report includes text and brief video commentary from California HIE leaders. An infographic accompanies the report and provides a visual summary of achievements that continue to stimulate HIE in California for years to come. Read more...


For News Archive

  •  CHILI

    The California Health Information Law Identification (CHILI) search tool assists in identifying California statutes and regulations related to the privacy, access, and security of individually identifiable health information.

  •  Security Tool

    The HIPAA Security Toolkit is designed to assist medium to small providers with understanding HIPAA security standards requirements and for them to ascertain their organization’s HIPAA security needs.

    Security Tool
  •  MMPA

    The Model Modular Participants Agreement (MMPA) is a tool that is intended to help reduce the cost barrier associated with the development of individual contract language for organizations seeking to participate in electronic health information exchange.

  •  HIPAA Authorization Form

    The HIPAA Authorization for Release of Information Form is for use by California persons and organizations when releasing individually identifiable health information.

    HIPAA Authorization Form
  •  Patient Authorization Guidance Tool

    The Patient Authorization Guidance Tool is designed to help healthcare providers determine when they need to obtain a patient's authorization to send that patient's information to another provider for treatment purposes.

    Patient Authorization Guidance Tool