Blue Shield grants boost healthcare IT in California

Bernie Monegain, Editor, Healthcare IT News

Blue Shield of California Foundation has granted $6 million to nonprofits statewide. The funding supports expanding access to care and coverage, boosts financing for the state's school health centers and promote the use of information technology to improve care and control costs.

The $6 million are fourth quarter grants. The total the foundation awarded this year is $29.1 million compared with 2006 grants totaling $27.1 million.

"As policymakers continue to debate healthcare reform, we are committed to shoring up the safety net that provides care for our state's most needy residents and to improving the quality of care for all Californians," said Crystal Hayling, foundation president and CEO.

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BSCF awards grants each quarter in three different program areas: healthcare and coverage, health and technology and Blue Shield Against Violence, which works to end domestic violence.


Healthcare and coverage programs will receive $1 million:

    • $425,000 to the Center for Governmental Studies, fiscal sponsor of the Insure the Uninsured Project, to support research, provide technical assistance, and sponsor forums to develop and implement solutions to cover uninsured Californians.

    • $200,000 to the California School Health Centers Association, based in Oakland, to strengthen financing of California's school health centers.

More than $3 million of this round of grants benefits health and technology programs:

    • $935,900 to the Tides Center of San Francisco to advance health information technology for improved disease management, quality of care, and health outcomes in community clinics.

    • $750,000 to Community Partners in Los Angeles to improve quality of care delivery in 30 to 40 community clinics serving Southern California.

    • $650,000 to the University of California, Davis Cancer Center, part of the university's School of Medicine, to deploy telemedicine technology to four Cancer Care Network sites serving rural areas in Northern California.

The remaining $1.9 million is earmarked for domestic violence programs.