Ghaly Appoints CHHS Data Exchange Framework Stakeholder Advisory Group

California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly today announced the appointment of members to the state’s Health and Human Services Data Exchange Framework Stakeholder Advisory Group. The group will partner with CHHS and the state’s new Center for Data Insights and Innovation to develop the state’s framework for a single data sharing agreement and common set of policies and procedures that will govern the exchange of health information among health care entities and government agencies beginning in June 2024.

The new initiative was included as part of the FY 2021-22 State Budget Health Omnibus Trailer Bill (AB 133) that was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 27, 2021. The legislation authorizes CHHS to establish a data exchange framework to improve how health information is shared across the health and social services systems. Pursuant to AB 133, the framework must be finalized by July 1, 2022, and providers are required to participate in the exchange beginning January 31, 2024.

The Stakeholder Advisory Group will be chaired by CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, and its first meeting will be held on August 31 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Members include numerous public health, health, clinical, and health plan representatives, among others. Notably, CHEAC President and Alameda County Health Services Agency Director Colleen Chawla, as well as CCLHO President and Napa County Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio, were named to the group.

Additional information on the initiative and the stakeholder group is available here.