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DC Primary Care Association

DCPCA LogoThe District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA) is the recipient of the cooperative agreement contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for the oversight and operations of eHealthDC.

DCPCA is a nonprofit health care equity action organization that was founded in 1996 to improve the health of DC’s vulnerable residents by ensuring that they receive high quality primary health care – regardless of their ability to pay. DCPCA represents 14 safety net provider organizations that operate at more than 48 sites across the District of Columbia. DCPCA works to improve health care and health coverage for low-income, uninsured, and medically vulnerable populations.

DCPCA is the lead agency for the organization and development of the DC Regional Health Information Organization (DC RHIO), a collaborative health information exchange that improves care quality and cost-effectiveness through access to shared patient information. By facilitating the development and sustainability of an effective, integrated health care system in the District, DCPCA continues to lead the way to health equity through programs and services that expand and improve primary health care services to DC residents.

In 2006, DCPCA received a $5 million grant from the DC Department of Health (DOH) to facilitate the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) systems at six safety net community health centers – Bread for the City, Family and Medical Counseling Service, La Clínica del Pueblo, Mary’s Center, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and Whitman-Walker Clinic – which are known as our “early adopters.” The grant provided funding for DCPCA to manage the selection and implementation of EHR technology at these six health centers – an effort that was completed in October 2008. Since that time, DCPCA has continued to host the EHRs and assist the health centers in achieving effective use of those systems.

We have also worked with our remaining health center members to move them towards the adoption of EHR technology. With this experience as a backdrop, DCPCA was selected by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to deliver Regional Extension Center (REC) services to primary care providers in the District of Columbia. To carry out the REC mission, DCPCA launched eHealthDC to assist a target of 1,000 primary care providers with the adoption and meaningful use of EHRs.

In addition to leading eHealthDC, DCPCA directs the development and operation of the DC RHIO, a collaborative health information exchange that seeks to improve care quality and cost effectiveness through access to shared patient information. This effort, which began in 2008 and was also funded with a DOH grant, created the opportunity to link our network of community health center EHRs with hospitals to establish the core of the DC regional health information exchange.

In March 2010, DCPCA launched the DC RHIO at the six early adopter health centers, Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center emergency departments. The DC RHIO enables providers at these health care facilities to coordinate patient care without replicating unnecessary tests and services, and enables patients and providers to have more meaningful interactions at their medical homes.

The eHealthDC team is composed of national experts, clinical health care leaders, and experienced management consultants. Our clinical and operational executives solve today’s health care problems and provide forward-leaning insight and guidance informed with relevant, real-world experience. We have worked for the last two decades around the world to help advance improvements in health care including patient safety and quality initiatives, hospital performance improvement, and electronic health record implementation.

Read more at http://www.dcpca.org/.

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