$27.8 Million for IT in Community Health Centers

The Department of Health and Human Services announced awards totaling $27.8 million to health center networks and large multi-site health centers to implement health IT.

The funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand healthcare services to low-income and uninsured individuals.

The $27.8 million will be used to expand and upgrade health IT systems, including electronic health records, and are related to other ARRA efforts to promote the adoption and use of health IT throughout healthcare.

Eighteen grants totaling more than $22.6 million will support EHR implementations. Grants totaling more than $2.6 million will help four grantees implement other health IT-related projects, including creation of health information exchange networks. Another five grants totaling more than $2.5 million will help health centers use existing EHRs to improve patient health outcomes.

HRSA-supported health centers treated 17 million patients in 2008, 40 percent of whom have no health insurance, according to HHS.

A list of grant recipients is available through the above link. More on ARRA provisions for community health centers is available through the HHS.gov/Recovery site.

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