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HHS Blog: More Major Health IT Grants in Coming Weeks

HHS Blog: More Major Health IT Grants in Coming Weeks - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Joshua Seidman, PhD
Joshua Seidman, PhD

On the HHS’ Health IT Buzz blog, Dr. Joshua Seidman writes about the Regional Extension Centers announced February 12th, and their upcoming expansion. “In the coming weeks, ONC will be rolling out more components of our HIT Extension Program. In particular, we“™ll keep you apprised of our plans for the HIT Research Center (HITRC) that will help provide support and continuity to the RECs and create a virtual community of shared learning.”

Seidman says that Regional Extension Centers, local centers to enable smaller, primary-care physician practices to adopt health IT, will serve “every nook and cranny of the country, and that “additional REC cooperative agreements will be announced in the near future.”  The grants will be “focused on solo and small group practices, community and rural health centers, public and critical-access hospitals, and other settings that predominately serve uninsured, underinsured, or medically underserved patients.”

Priorities for HHS dollars include:

  • Vendor selection guidance
  • Workflow redesign guidelines
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE) interoperability
  • Privacy and security
  • Local workforce training
  • Meaningful use

Seidman writes about meaningful use, “We know that simply doing the wrong thing faster won“™t improve the care delivery system. Meaningful use of EHRs requires important changes that will result in a better, more convenient and efficient care delivery system for clinicians and patients.”

Keep these priorities in mind when looking for health IT grants that your business is positioned to compete for: the White House’s priorities of expanding health care coverage and job creation carries over to health IT.

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