Materials Management / Group Purchasing
San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (SFCCC) manages a group purchasing program that enables our partner health clinics to purchase needed equipment, supplies and services from vendors at discounted rates ranging from 10% to 50%. SFCCC also arranges technical assistance on materials management for partner clinics, so limited resources are not unnecessarily tied up in inventory. These cost savings allow our partner clinics to expand services and serve more patients.
Health Information Technology (HIT)
San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and SFCCC partner clinics are cornerstones of the local health care “safety net.” SFDPH operates San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), which provides inpatient, specialty, diagnostic, and pharmacy services to many patients of SFCCC partner clinics. In 1998, SFCCC and SFDPH initiated development of an electronic network for shared access to SFGH patient information, in order to improve coordination of care and prevent unnecessary and costly duplication of services. What began is a pilot project in one clinic has now evolved into a city-wide, state-of-the-art, highly secured, high-speed fiber network that provides access to electronic patient health information to more than 300 clinicians working at over 25 locations.
Real-time access to shared patient care information has become an integral part of SFCCC partner clinics’ patient management practices and greatly enhances the continuity of patient care. Features of the systems include:
- Access to an eReferral application, which streamlines consultations and coordinates referrals to SFGH specialty services;
- A shared i2iTracks® chronic care patient registry, which consolidates diagnostic lab test results and supports targeted chronic disease interventions;
- Access to the SFDPH patient master index, which allows SFCCC partner clinics to assign an SFDPH medical record number to previously unregistered patients;
- Exchange of key patient safety information, e.g., on patient allergies, prescribed medications, and treatments plans; and
- A shared One-e-App® software application for enrolling eligible San Francisco patients into the city’s Healthy San Francisco program and determining patients’ eligibility for health coverage, including Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.
To further support our partners’ efforts to integrate health information technology into their clinics, SFCCC hosts an annual retreat and educational sessions on Health Information Technology (HIT) and Electronic Health Records adoption and provides assistance in HIT strategic planning and on-site technical assistance for electronic network development, data extractions, data sharing, security measures, registry development, and CQI activities.
Health Information Exchange (HIE)
ISFCCC is a founding member of HealthShare Bay Area (HSBA), the local health information exchange. In early 2010, SFCCC joined other community health care leaders to set the priorities of improving care to San Francisco patients, by leveraging opportunities to electronically share patient information across the city, regardless of where a patient receives care. The group, originally called the San Francisco Health Exchange (SFHEX), has since become HealthShare Bay Area and includes representatives from all the major healthcare stakeholders in the city (and increasingly across the Bay Area), including a consumer representative and a rep from traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. The vision of HSBA is to develop a secure, efficient inter-operable and cost-effective method for exchanging patient health information between providers of care in across the Bay Area. We expect to be live by mid-2012.
Community Development and Fundraising
SFCCC has developed strong partnerships with private funders and government agencies at the local, state, and national levels, to fund the creation and implementation of a wide variety of health programs. The SFCCC Development Department crafts consolidated grant proposals on behalf of two or more SFCCC partner health clinics, when this is more efficient than having each clinic apply individually. Past successful collaborations include HIT equipment, disaster readiness, infrastructure support, and new program services.