San Diego Business Journal

White House Recognizes San Diego Health IT Initiative

By Julie Gallant Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dr. Ted Chan, an emergency medicine physician with UC San Diego Health System, was one of 82 representatives from across the country whose progress in health information technology was recognized by White House officials and the Department of Health and Human Services on June 19.

Chan is program leader for San Diego Beacon Community, a partnership of health care providers, clinics, hospitals, emergency medical services and public health organizations whose goal is to improve the quality of health care delivery using health IT. The Beacon Community’s largest investment is a health information exchange, an electronic network that allows doctors to see patient health information from participating sites.

An example of its involvement in improving health care and reducing costs is electronically transmitting electrocardiograms from ambulances to hospital emergency departments before the patient arrives to ensure faster and better coordinated care for emergency cardiac patients, Chan said.

During a White House Health IT Town Hall, Chan will join a panel of health care providers in sharing insights on the important role that health IT programs such as the Beacon Community have played in helping to implement electronic health records and support health care improvements through IT-enabled interventions.

“Now that our technology foundation is in place, the San Diego Beacon Community continues to connect us with other health IT vanguards who can keep us informed of the changing health care landscape in other parts of the country,” Chan said in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to inform this important conversation at the White House Town Hall.”