The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has granted $3 million to six health center networks to improve the quality of care through implementation and adoption of health information technology.
The funds, granted by the Affordable Care Act, will reach more than 100 health centers nationwide. These grants are in addition to the $18 million awarded to 37 health center networks last December.
Health center network grants will support the adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology and technology-enabled quality-improvement strategies in health centers. The networks, comprised of at least 10 collaborating health center organizations, are designed to promote enhanced sharing of information and expertise, and to address key operational and clinical needs.
The grantees are:
- Community Health Centers Alliance in Florida
- Georgia Association for Primary Health Care
- League of Community Health Centers in Massachusetts
- North Carolina Community Health Center Association
- Health Center Network of New York
- Public Health Management in Pennsylvania
HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. said in a statement that the investments help advance critical health information technology adoption in more than 100 health centers throughout the U.S., and provide patients access to higher quality healthcare.”