FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2010
Contact: HHS Press Office
HHS Awards $83.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Expand Use of Health Information Technology
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.
“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
Whatley Health Services, Inc
Alaska Primary Care Association, Inc.
Dena' Nena' Henash - Tanana Chiefs Conference
El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center
Golden Valley Health Center
Association of Asian/Pacific Community Health Organizations
Redwood Community Health Network
Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc
Community Access HCCN, LLC
Community Health Center Network
Alliance For Rural Community Health
Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc
Colorado Community Managed Care Network
Southbridge Med. Advisory Council, Inc.
Health Choice Network, Inc.
Community Health Centers Alliance, Inc.
Erie Family Health Center, Inc
Near North Health Service Corporation
Illinois Primary Care Association
Community Health Integrated Partnership, Inc.
Northern Minnesota Network
Coastal Family Health Center, Inc.
Missouri Coalition for Primary Health Care
St. Louis Integrated Health Network
One World Community Health Centers
Community Health Access Network, Inc.
Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc.
New Mexico Primary Care Association
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc.
Community Health Care Association of New York State
The Institute for Family Health
Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, Inc.
Health Federation of Philadelphia
East Bay Community Action Program
Community Health Network
Texas Association of Community Health Center
Lone Star Circle of Care
Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center, Inc.
Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc.
Salt Lake City
Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc.
Bi-State Primary Care Association
PTSO of Washington
Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
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: http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/index.html#Health
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Last revised: May 7, 2011