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Health Centers About to Go High Tech
Even as the nation pulls itself from economic doldrums, the federal government is investing in better healthcare for Americans. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced new grant awards recently that will improve the quality of care at community health centers through implementation and adoption of health information technology (HIT). The grants, total more than $18 million in Affordable Care Act funds, and will support 37 health center networks made up of health centers across the country.
“Effective use of technology and data can improve the quality of care and make our health care system more efficient,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Health Center Network grants will support the adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record 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, to address key operational and clinical needs through greater program integration.
“These investments will advance the adoption and implementation of health information technology in more than 600 health centers throughout the U.S.,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.