CMS helps to fund family physician EHR project

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The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a $100,000 grant to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to support a pilot project to provide comprehensive, standardized electronic health record software to the healthcare community.

"Health information technology promises huge benefits for all Americans, including higher quality care at lower costs," said HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. "We're moving aggressively on many fronts to harness the power of health information technology to improve healthcare in this country. This new pilot project represents a step forward as we encourage the adoption of electronic medical records."

The grant is designed to assist AAFP to plan, implement and evaluate a pilot project in which medical practices will adopt low-cost, standards-based electronic health records. AAFP will support and monitor the transition to electronic health records in these practices, to learn more about what factors facilitate or hinder practices' smooth adoption of the technology.