HHS awards $8.5M for health IT adoption at Beacon Communities

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) National Coordinator for Health IT, Farzad Mostashari, MD, has granted awards of $8.5 million to 85 community health center programs, located in 15 of the 17 Beacon Communities throughout the U.S.

These funds, made available through HRSA under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, help support health centers with the adoption of health IT.

Beacon Communities received funds through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to build and strengthen their infrastructure and exchange capabilities. The HRSA awards are intended for existing health centers located in Beacon Communities to participate in community-wide healthcare improvement initiatives that include a IT component. Recipients include health centers in cities across the U.S., from Cincinnati and Detroit, to Spokane, Wash., and San Diego.