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Office of Information Technology (OIT)


Robert Gemmell, Associate Director

Chief Information Officer (CIO), Information Services Coordinator (ISC), Office: 916-930-3981 x326


(916) 930-3927

or (916) 930-3981 + x353 for CAO Helpdesk

or (800) 742-1665 Toll Free

or (916) 930-3981 + Extension

or (916) 930-3981 + 4 for directory of personnel by first or last name


The Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff at Indian Health Service California Area Office, provide technical support to Tribal & Urban Indian health programs, and IHS facilities in California.

CAO Helpdesk

To request assistance with RPMS, EHR, BPRM, BMW, Vista Imaging, telecommunications, IT security, etc.:

  1. Email the HQ OIT Helpdesk,
  2. Email the CAO OIT Helpdesk
  3. Call (800) 742-1665 or (916) 930-3981 x353

Services supported:

  • Area website management
  • Business office coordination
  • E-mail system maintenance and support (Federal)
  • EHR Management and support of Clinical Applications
  • Information security
  • Privacy (HIPAA)
  • RPMS data reporting

•    RPMS software and patch updates
•    RPMS training and technical assistance
•    Database administration
•    Statistical computer research
•    Telecommunications (WAN and LAN) support
•    Telemedicine coordination
•    Third party billing coordination
•    Vista Imaging support and coordination