The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is seeking proposals from Local EMS Agencies (LEMSAs), or Regional Health Information Organizations with support from a LEMSA, for projects to develop and implement interoperable health information exchange between emergency ambulance service providers and hospitals/electronic health records via health information exchange organizations (HIOs).
This funding is made available through the California Department of Health Care Services as part of a CMS 90/10 Funding and CARESTAR Foundation matching funds.
This local assistance grant funding opportunity promotes interoperability and supports collaborative solutions to integrate EMS as a critical component of the health care system into the health information exchange landscape consistent with State directions from California Department of Health Care Services and CMS.
Each project proposal must be submitted by a LEMSA or another entity who will hold the contract, if selected, and must include commitments to participate from emergency ambulance service providers and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) receiving hospitals in the LEMSA’s jurisdiction and at least one regional health information organization (or equivalent).
EMSA anticipates making multiple awards totaling approximately $8 million. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on March 13, 2019. Projects are expected to begin in May 2019 and be completed no later than June 30, 2021. Late proposals will be accepted but they will receive a lower priority for funding. As further funding becomes available, grant funding opportunities will be made available.
You can locate the Grant Funding Opportunity documents on the EMSA web site at www.emsa.ca.gov. They provide a detailed explanation of the intent, scope of work, deliverables, milestones, application and eligibility requirements, scoring criteria and timelines. Questions should be submitted in writing to Leslie Witten-Rood, HIE in EMS Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Proposals are due by March 13, 2019.