Why are we transitioning to CAIR2?
The CAIR2 Project has three main goals:
- To consolidate patient data from the 7 CDPH-managed regional CAIR registries (Northern California, Greater Sacramento, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, LA-Orange, and Inland Empire) into a single, centralized registry (the 'CAIR hub'),
- To replace the current CAIR software used by those 7 regions with new CAIR2 software that will be compliant with state IT standards and support one-way and bidirectional HL7 data exchange,
- To electronically connect the CAIR 'hub' to the other 3 non-CDPH CAIR regional registries to allow statewide patient searches and record retrieval. This is scheduled to occur in the summer-fall of 2017.
What are the new features in CAIR2?
Compare current CAIR1 to CAIR2 by type of organization:
- Clinical (Those who look up or enter information manually)
- Data Exchange (Sites submitting patient records from EHR into CAIR)
- Health Plans, Medical Groups, Independent Practice Associations (IPAs)
- Schools and Child Care Facilities
- WIC, Foster Care, and Welfare Offices
Do I need special software to access CAIR2?
- CAIR2 will be web-based, so no downloading, installation, or electronic health record (EHR) is required.
- CAIR2 will be accessible with PCs, Macs, and tablets using current internet browsers (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer)
Can I try out the new software before CAIR2 launches?
- No. But users can view videos and guides that walk you through the new software. All clinical users ('Regular' or 'Power') will be required to attend formal training which will demonstrate CAIR2.
Can I access CAIR2 if it hasn’t launched in my region yet?
- No. You will need to continue to access your data in CAIR1 (old system) until your region has moved to CAIR2. Access information will be sent to users before the launch (Regular and Power users must complete training first). But the new CAIR2 site will not be live until the launch date.