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HHS Tabs $84 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Health IT

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $83.9 million in grants to assist networks of health centers move toward electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) systems.

HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was originally given $2 billion 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.”

“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.“

According to HHS, “45 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.

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