PRESS RELEASE

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations receives Health Information Technology Award

August 31, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
slavilla@aapcho.org

Oakland, CA -August, 31, 2007 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) was awarded an expected $750,000 over 3 years to help safety net providers and health insurance plans implement Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology.

AAPCHO will use the award, granted by the Health Resources & Services Administration, to help nine community health centers (CHCs) and two health insurance plans in Hawaii and Washington establish a central data warehouse to store aggregated patient information. In doing so, health care providers will better be able to monitor and analyze patient health outcomes.

“This award aims to demonstrate the value of CHCs in the emerging pay-for-performance environment,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at AAPCHO. “We are pleased that our program was recognized as a ground-breaking project worth funding and we are excited about the results this program will ultimately yield.”

The program will involve an innovative network of partners that includes: Kalihi-Palama Health Center, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Waimanalo Health Center, and AlohaCare of Hawaii; Country Doctor Community Health Centers, Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers, International Community Health Services, Community Health Centers of King County, Family Health Centers, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Community Health Plan of Washington, and PTSO of Washington.

“This grant enables us to demonstrate the true value that CHCs bring to the healthcare provider spectrum,” said Richard Bettini, president of AAPCHO’s board of directors and chief executive officer of Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center in Hawaii. “And it will enable us to show that we provide quality health care services at a lower cost than many of our competing health care providers.”

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations is a not-for-profit association of community-based organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in the United States, its territories and freely associated states.

Media Relations

Beverly Quintana
(510) 272-9536 x112
bquintana@aapcho.org

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