Health centers nab $18.9M for EHR adoption

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded almost $18.9 million in grants to health center-controlled networks and large multi-site health centers in the United States to adopt and implement EHRs and other health IT innovations.

“These funds continue our efforts to help health center grantees access and use the latest technology to improve the care they deliver,” said HRSA Administrator Elizabeth M. Duke.  “Health information technology has the potential to transform care for underserved communities and its expansion is a priority for all Americans.”

Twelve grants totaling more than $14.3 million will support the implementation of EHRs. Grants worth almost $3.8 million will help 10 other grantees implement other HIT innovations, including electronic prescribing, health information exchanges (HIEs), data warehouses and interoperability with outside partners such as state immunization registries and hospitals. 

Another six grants totaling more than $700,000 will support planning activities to prepare health centers to adopt an EHR or other HIT innovation, according to HRSA.