The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC, Washington) has awarded research grants totaling $60 million to four organizations through the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) program. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.), Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will all receive funds.
According to David Blumenthal, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the research projects will identify short-term and long-term solutions to address key challenges, including health IT security, patient-centered cognitive support for clinicians, healthcare application and network-platform architectures, and secondary use of EHR data while maintaining privacy and security.
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