HHS Announces ACA Innovation Award Winners | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

HHS Announces ACA Innovation Award Winners

May 8, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the first winners of the Health Care Innovation awards, which was made possible by the Affordable Care Act  (ACA).  The 26 winners have projects nationwide that will aim save money, deliver high quality medical care and enhance the health care workforce, according to the ACA.  The preliminary awardees announced today expect to reduce health spending by $254 million over the next three years. 

“We can’t wait to support innovative projects that will save money and make our health care system stronger,” Secretary Sebelius said in a statement. “It’s yet another way we are supporting local communities now in their efforts to provide better care and lower cost.”

A few of the winning projects include collaborations of leading hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technology innovators, community-based organizations, and patients’ advocacy groups, among others, located in urban and rural areas that will begin work this year to address healthcare issues in local communities. 

One of the winners was Emory University’s collaboration with area health systems to train health professionals and use telehealth technologies to link critical care units in rural Georgia to critical care doctors in Atlanta hospitals. It aims to reduce the need to transfer patients from rural hospitals to critical care units in Atlanta;  

Other winners included Camp Courage, which is a program in Minneapolis-St. Paul serving adults with disabilities and complex medical conditions, and University Hospitals of Cleveland, with an initiative to increase access and care coordination for children beyond the walls of the doctor’s office.

Preliminary awardees were chosen for their innovative solutions to the healthcare challenges facing their communities and for their focus on creating a well-trained healthcare workforce that is equipped to meet the need for new jobs in the 21st century health system. The awards total $122.6 million.

Get the latest information on Finance and Revenues and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.

AMIA Warns of Tax Bill’s Impact on Graduate School Programs in Informatics

Provisions in the Republican tax bill that would count graduate student tuition waivers as taxable income would have detrimental impacts on the viability of fields such as informatics, according to the American Medical Informatics Association.

Appalachia Project to Study Relationship Between Increased Broadband Access, Improved Cancer Care

The Federal Communications Commission and the National Cancer Institute have joined forces to focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption in rural areas can improve the lives of rural cancer patients.

Survey: By 2019, 60% of Medicare Revenues will be Tied to Risk

Medical groups and health systems that are members of AMGA (the American Medical Group Association) expect that nearly 60 percent of their revenues from Medicare will be from risk-based products by 2019, according to the results from a recent survey.