HHS Awards $83.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Expand Use of Health Information TechnologyWASHINGTON--(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.
$567,891 Dena' Nena' Henash - Tanana Chiefs Conference
$1,000,000 El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center
$1,000,000 Golden Valley Health Center
$2,998,013 Association of Asian/Pacific Community Health Organizations
$1,000,000 Redwood Community Health Network
$2,079,598 Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc
$3,000,000 Community Access HCCN, LLC
$2,519,875 Community Health Center Network
$3,000,000 Alliance For Rural Community Health
$866,031 Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc
$3,000,000 Colorado Community Managed Care Network
$1,000,000 Southbridge Med. Advisory Council, Inc.
$558,114 Health Choice Network, Inc.
$2,990,887 Community Health Centers Alliance, Inc.
$3,000,000 Erie Family Health Center, Inc
$999,998 Near North Health Service Corporation
$2,998,849 Illinois Primary Care Association
$3,000,000 Community Health Integrated Partnership, Inc.
$2,912,404 Boston HealthNet
$2,986,872 Northern Minnesota Network
$2,452,568 Coastal Family Health Center, Inc.
$2,987,714 Missouri Coalition for Primary Health Care
$1,000,000 St. Louis Integrated Health Network
$1,000,000 One World Community Health Centers
$1,511,083 Community Health Access Network, Inc.
$1,106,358 Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc.
$3,000,000 New Mexico Primary Care Association
$2,011,000 Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc.
$994,800 Community Health Care Association of New York State
$2,999,983 The Institute for Family Health
$825,709 Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, Inc.
$997,832 OCHIN Inc.
$3,000,000 Health Federation of Philadelphia
$327,169 East Bay Community Action Program
$1,574,074 Community Health Network
$2,110,936 Texas Association of Community Health Center
$982,587 Lone Star Circle of Care
$2,987,610 Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center, Inc.
$2,909,072 Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc.
Salt Lake City
$585,000 Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc.
$1,826,240 Bi-State Primary Care Association
$2,226,278 PTSO of Washington
$1,361,093 Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association Madison Wisconsin $1,000,000 Total:
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:
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
Posted: June 3, 2010
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