The California HealthCare Foundation has announced that it will collaborate with four other California philanthropies on the Tools for Quality program, a two-year, $4.5 million initiative designed to help community clinics and health centers serving the state's uninsured and low-income residents adopt technology needed to improves chronic disease care.
CHCF will partner with the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Community Clinics Initiative/Tides, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, and the California Endowment to help organizations develop chronic disease management systems, also known as disease registries — electronic tools that can help clinicians better deliver the right care to patients at the right time. Less complex and expensive than electronic health records, the tools are regarded as a stepping stone toward more comprehensive health information technology systems.
As part of the program, initial grants of up to $40,000 in matching funds will be awarded to thirty-three community clinics and health centers across the state for software acquisition and training. "[Tools for Quality] builds on earlier efforts that we and other funding colleagues have made in bringing technology solutions into clinics to improve clinical care," said Jane Stafford, director of the Community Clinics Initiative. "Outside of California, few funders are working collaboratively on technology funding and technology-enabled quality improvement. But this coordinated approach provides greater funding capacity with a shared strategic goal. We expect it to make a difference in the care provided by these clinics and health centers."
For a complete list of grantees, visit the California HealthCare Foundation Web site.