Tampa Bay scores $3M grant for health IT grant

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The Center for Community Health Leadership has awarded a $3 million grant to the region of Tampa Bay, Fla. More than 90 communities competed for the grant.

Tampa Bay will use the grant to purchase software that will enable caregivers in the Tampa Bay area to share information in a secure and appropriate way, and is expected to lead to reduced costs, enhanced healthcare information adoption and more efficient and effective patient care, according to the center, which is sponsored by Misys Healthcare Systems.

“The goal of the Center’s grant program is to support physicians by helping to turn the theory of a connected healthcare community into practice,” said Leigh Burchell, director of the Center for Community Health Leadership. “With this grant, we will provide the solutions and education needed to successfully replace the paper-based, resource-intensive processes in existence today. Connecting all venues of care in the Tampa Bay healthcare community will take costs out of the system and improve the patient’s experience – an achievement we hope can be replicated across the country.”

The Tampa Bay area, home to more than 3 million residents, is the second community, following New Haven, Conn., to receive grants of EHR software from the Raleigh, N.C.-based center.