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HHS Awards $83.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Expand Use of Health Information Technology

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $83.9 million in grants to help networks of health centers adopt electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) systems. The funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals through its health center program.

"These funds will help safety net providers acquire state-of-the-art health information technology systems as they work to provide quality health care to millions of people in need"

"We need health information technology to bring our health care system into the 21st century," said Sebelius. "This essential technology improves the quality of care we all receive and helps make care more efficient."

Forty-five grants will support new and enhanced EHR implementation projects as well as HIT innovation projects. Funds will allow grantees to use EHR technology to improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety. Eligible professionals practicing within health centers who are able to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology may be eligible for incentive payments provided under Medicaid and Medicare.

"These funds will help safety net providers acquire state-of-the-art health information technology systems as they work to provide quality health care to millions of people in need," said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) improve the operational effectiveness and clinical quality in health centers by providing management, financial, technology and clinical support services. The networks, comprised of at least three collaborating organizations, are community-based groups that support HRSA-funded health centers that provide primary health care to nearly 19 million patients - a number expected to double over the next five years as health reform is implemented.

The grants listed below were awarded through a competitive process:

ARRA - Health Information Technology Implementation Grants Organization City State Amount Whatley Health Services, Inc Tuscaloosa Alabama $645,875 Alaska Primary Care Association, Inc.
Anchorage
Alaska
$567,891 Dena' Nena' Henash - Tanana Chiefs Conference
Fairbanks
Alaska
$1,000,000 El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center
Tucson
Arizona
$1,000,000 Golden Valley Health Center
Merced
California
$2,998,013 Association of Asian/Pacific Community Health Organizations
Oakland
California
$1,000,000 Redwood Community Health Network
Petaluma
California
$2,079,598 Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc
San Diego
California
$3,000,000 Community Access HCCN, LLC
San Francisco
California
$2,519,875 Community Health Center Network
San Leandro
California
$3,000,000 Alliance For Rural Community Health
Ukiah
California
$866,031 Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc
Ventura
California
$3,000,000 Colorado Community Managed Care Network
Denver
Colorado
$1,000,000 Southbridge Med. Advisory Council, Inc.
Wilmington
Delaware
$558,114 Health Choice Network, Inc.
Miami
Florida
$2,990,887 Community Health Centers Alliance, Inc.
Saint Petersburg
Florida
$3,000,000 Erie Family Health Center, Inc
Chicago
Illinois
$999,998 Near North Health Service Corporation
Chicago
Illinois
$2,998,849 Illinois Primary Care Association
Springfield
Illinois
$3,000,000 Community Health Integrated Partnership, Inc.
Glen Burnie
Maryland
$2,912,404 Boston HealthNet
Boston
Massachusetts
$2,986,872 Northern Minnesota Network
Isanti
Minnesota
$2,452,568 Coastal Family Health Center, Inc.
Biloxi
Minnesota
$2,987,714 Missouri Coalition for Primary Health Care
Jefferson City
Missouri
$1,000,000 St. Louis Integrated Health Network
St. Louis
Missouri
$1,000,000 One World Community Health Centers
Omaha
Nebraska
$1,511,083 Community Health Access Network, Inc.
Newmarket
New Hampshire
$1,106,358 Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc.
Hammonton
New Jersey
$3,000,000 New Mexico Primary Care Association
Albuquerque
New Mexico
$2,011,000 Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc.
New York
New York
$994,800 Community Health Care Association of New York State
New York
New York
$2,999,983 The Institute for Family Health
New York
New York
$825,709 Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, Inc.
Penn Yan
New York
$997,832 OCHIN Inc.
Portland
Oregon
$3,000,000 Health Federation of Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
$327,169 East Bay Community Action Program
Newport
Rhode Island
$1,574,074 Community Health Network
Oakdale
Tenn.
$2,110,936 Texas Association of Community Health Center
Austin
Texas
$982,587 Lone Star Circle of Care
Georgetown
Texas
$2,987,610 Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center, Inc.
San Antonio
Texas
$2,909,072 Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc.
Salt Lake City
Utah
$585,000 Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc.
Saltville
Virginia
$1,826,240 Bi-State Primary Care Association
Montpelier
Vermont
$2,226,278 PTSO of Washington
Seattle
Washington
$1,361,093 Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association Madison Wisconsin $1,000,000 Total:
$83,901,513

The activities described in this release are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More information on ARRA funding for health information technology can be found at:
http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/index.html#Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA is the primary federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov

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