Cal INDEX and Inland Empire HIE to Merge for Health Information Exchange


The largest health information exchange is under development in California, thanks to a partnership between the California Integrated Data Exchange and the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange. This is a planned merger that will create one of the nation’s most comprehensive nonprofit health information exchanges (HIE). It will be led by Claudia Williams, as CEO. She is a former senior advisor for the White House on technology.

“The creation of this new statewide health information exchange by IEHIE and Cal INDEX is an important milestone in transforming California’s healthcare system into a coordinated system that delivers higher quality and more efficient care to all Californians,” said Dr. Bradley Gilbert, chairman, Board of Directors, IEHIE.

The new HIE will combine the 11.7 million claims records from Cal INDEX founding members: Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross with the 5 million clinical patient records of IEHIE and its 150 participating partners. HIE help improve the quality of the patient experience, support collaboration and coordination. The health information exchange will improve efficiencies by making it easier for doctors, hospitals and other care providers to securely review, analyze, and share medical information across the healthcare system.

“Claudia is the ideal candidate to lead this new entity. She is a strategic and transformational leader with national experience managing and scaling health information exchanges. With Claudia, California’s statewide HIE gets the rare combination of breadth and depth,” said Mark Savage, chairman, Board of Directors, Cal INDEX, and director of health information technology policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families.

Williams brings more than 25 years of healthcare technology experience to the role. Most recently she served as senior advisor for Health Innovation and Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to lead the new organization and collaborate with our partners to improve patient care for all Californians,” said Williams. “Our goal is to deliver compelling products and services that support California’s hospitals, providers and patients in their efforts to improve care coordination, reduce inefficiencies, address gaps in care and enhance patient experience.”

Both Cal INDEX and the Inland Empire HIE are joining forces to be the paramount entity when it comes to electronic patients records.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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