01 Oct HHS releases $28M for Healthcare IT
WASHINGTON – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has awarded grants totaling $27.8 million to health center-controlled networks and large multi-site health centers to implement electronic health records and other health information technology.
“The increased use of health information technology is a key focus of our reform efforts because it will help to improve the safety and quality of healthcare generally while also cutting waste out of the system,” she said.
The funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to expand healthcare services to low-income and uninsured individuals through its health center program.
“These funds to expand and upgrade electronic health records systems will make a huge difference for health centers struggling to provide healthcare to the growing number of people in need,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield.
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