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A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

After careful consideration over the last few months, the Board of Directors has decided that the Harris County Healthcare Alliance has served its purpose and should come to an end.  We are very proud of the many successes the Alliance has been able to achieve since its inception and believe that the Alliance has played an important role in facilitating collaboration in the healthcare community. Thank you all for the work you have been a part of these past years in helping create a stronger and more cohesive healthcare system throughout Houston and Harris County.

Designing Healthcare in Texas - 2014 Conference

Designing Healthcare in Texas - 2014 Conference

How the Past & Present Will Guide the Future

National, state and local presenters joined over 200 leaders from the Houston and Harris County healthcare community who attended the two-day Designing Healthcare in Texas Conference, held June 3 - 4, 2014. Their presence and enthusiasm reflected the community’s commitment to finding fresh approaches to helping more people gain access to healthcare. A first step to creating change begins with the communication taking place among those at the conference, and outreach to request support and involvement from those who could not attend.

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ETHAN Project Covered on KPRC

ETHAN Project Covered on KPRC

New Technology Used to Help People Get Care Without Visiting ER

Another project that originated at Harris County Healthcare Alliance has made its successful entry into everyday use for improving healthcare in Houston. ETHAN, which stands for Emergency Tele-Health and Navigation, is being used by the City of Houston Fire Department as an efficient and cost effective way to respond to emergency calls about health issues.Watch the May 13th Click2Houston video story.

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X-Ray Services Accessible & Affordable

X-Ray Services Accessible & Affordable

Three FQHCs Collaborate to Offer Easy, Affordable Access to X-Rays
 
The HACS team that helped bring the X-ray services to HACS includes CEO Joe Fuentes,  X-ray Technician Susan Toy-Grain, and Chief Medical Officer Juan Garza (pictured left to right). 

Uninsured and under-insured patients in Houston have typically had low access to X-ray services—until now. A collaborative effort between three FQHC’s—with help from the CCFC—provides an X-ray for $25, with results typically made available within a day. 
   The X-ray machine and project staff are located at Houston Area Community Services (HACS), which is centrally located between its two referral partners: Spring Branch Community Health Center and Vecino Health Centers. The X-ray machine, a state-of-the-art Definium 5000 digital radiographic system, was funded by the Community Clinics Funders’ Collaborative (CCFC), which also will perform oversight and evaluation of the project. In addition to providing easy-to-access, low-cost X-rays, the project uses electronic health records to streamline the process by forwarding results to the patient’s referring provider.
   Until now, many uninsured patients had very limited to X-ray services, which often required a complicated application process that could take 2-3 months. Additionally, traveling to X-ray services in the Medical Center is a struggle for many patients who rely on mass transit. HACS X-ray services are located at 2150 West 18th Street, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77008
, in the northwestern part of Houston’s 610 Loop.
   The price for these X-rays is significantly discounted, compared to the private sector, for easier access and affordability. Timely access to X-rays and a diagnosis will result in earlier treatment of injuries and infections and, ultimately, better health outcomes.
  
To use the X-ray Service, call HACS at 832-384-1409.

 

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