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HHS Awards $83.9 Million to Expand HIT

June 4, 2010
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $83.9 million in grants to help networks of health centers adopt electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology (HIT) systems, as part of $2 billion allotted to HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Forty-five grants will be given to back EHR implementation projects as well as HIT innovation projects. Eligible professionals practicing within healthcare 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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