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Alaska eHealth Network Receives $3.6 million for Electronic Health Records

Recovery Act helps grow emerging health IT industry in Alaska

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced an Alaska non-profit organization is receiving more than $3 million as part of a nationwide effort to support and sustain Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers. The money is part of $267 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awarded to 28 non-profit organizations around the country.

Alaska eHealth Network in Anchorage is receiving $3,632,357 for its Health Information Exchange and promotion of secure, interoperable Electronic Health Records.

"Electronic health records are a significant way to reduce costs and improve efficiency in the health care arena," Begich said. "The Alaska eHealth Network will be able to use this money to further assist individual Alaskans and health care providers in the effective use of health information technology."

""We are ecstatic," said Rebecca Madison, Executive Director of Alaska eHealth Network. "This is an important first step in implementing Health IT solutions across Alaska.  Secure sharing of information through health information exchange has the potential to enhance health care delivery, improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs."

Alaska eHealth Network's mission is widespread access to electronic health information through a statewide health information system that improves quality, safety, outcomes and efficiencies in health care by making vital data available to patients, providers and payers when and where they need it.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the most recent round of awards will bring the number of Health IT Regional Extension Centers to 60, giving technical support to at least 100,000 primary care providers and hospitals within two years.

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