Health Resources and Services Administration announcred $27.8M for Health IT to help community healt

HHS announced $27.8 million in grants to help community health centers and safety-net clinics adopt health IT tools, Health Data Management reports. Twenty-seven organizations will receive grants ranging from $400,000 to $1.86 million.

Health Resources and Services Administration announcred $27.8M for Health IT to help community health centers

HHS announced $27.8 million in grants to help community health centers and safety-net clinics adopt health IT tools, Health Data Management reports. Twenty-seven organizations will receive grants ranging from $400,000 to $1.86 million.

According to the announcement:

  • $22.6 million will go toward supporting 18 grants for installation of electronic health record systems
  • $2.6 million will go toward supporting four grants to create health data exchanges and implement health IT in dental clinics; and
  • $2.5 million will go toward supporting five grants to improve patient outcomes using EHRs (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 9/29).

The latest round of grants is part of the $2 billion in federal economic stimulus funds allotted for HRSA to expand health care services for low-income and uninsured populations (AHA News, 9/29).

The latest round of grants is part of the $2 billion in federal economic stimulus funds allotted for HRSA to expand health care services for low-income and uninsured populations (AHA News, 9/29).

National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal said his office will coordinate the HRSA grants with the $1.2 billion in stimulus funding announced in August to support health data exchanges and health IT training. Blumenthal said officials will roll out the grants over the next several months (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 9/29).